SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (2-8, 0-0 MVC) at PURDUE (6-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 20 Location: West Lafayette, Ind. - Mackey Arena (14,123) Television: live on the Big Ten Network with Michael Wolf providing play-by-play and Stephanie White analysis. Web Stream: none Live Stats: available via Gametracker at purduesports.com Radio: live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Jane Schott analysis. The Series: Is tied 4-4 The Rankings: Both teams are unranked. Promotions: Elementary School Night - $1 admission for elementary school students.
Southern Illinois (2-8) is coming off a 62-61 victory at Murray State that broke a four-game losing streak for the Salukis. Southern Illinois' other win also is against a common opponent with the Boilermakers. The Salukis defeated Austin Peay 76-64 at home. Southern Illinois is led by Teri Oliver, a 5-foot-9 guard from Kokomo, Ind., who is averaging 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Brooke LeMar averages a team-high 4.1 assists per game and Charnise Mitchell and CiCi Shannon average a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game each. The Salukis' average just 53.6 points per game but are outrebounding their opponents with a 38.5 rebound per game average.
This is the ninth meeting between Purdue and Southern Illinois and the series is tied at four wins each. The last matchup occurred exactly 21 years ago when the 11th-ranked Boilermakers defeated Southern Illinois 62-42 on Dec. 20, 1989, in Mackey Arena. Purdue has won three in a row against the Salukis after dropping the first three contests. The first meeting between the two teams was on Jan. 20, 1978, a 70-55 loss in Carbondale, Ill.
The Boilermakers final game before taking a brief break for Christmas will be at Gardner-Webb on Dec. 22. Purdue will return to Mackey Arena on Dec. 28 against Western Illinois and then will open Big Ten Conference play on Dec. 30 versus Wisconsin at home. Purdue then will hit the road, playing at Northwestern on Jan. 2.
By The Numbers
Three keys to success for Purdue this season are rebounding, field goal percentage and high-octane offense. Purdue is 6-0 when it outrebounds its opponents, is 4-0 when shooting 50 percent from the field or better and is 4-0 when scoring 70 points or more.
Five of the Boilermakers' last six contests have come against BCS automatic qualifier conferences, with Murray State being the exception. Four of the five teams are currently ranked and three were ranked when the Boilermakers faced them. Purdue split against Big East teams, defeating No. 22 DePaul and losing at No. 16 Notre Dame. The Boilermakers lost by one at home to No. 19 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and lost at No. 7 Texas A&M in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge. Purdue defeated Auburn from the SEC, 76-56 in the Boilermaker Blockbuster at Conseco Fieldhouse on Dec. 18.
Purdue improved to 8-3 in Boilermaker BlockBuster games and to 24-7 at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Rayburn and Guyton Have Big Games
Juniors Brittany Rayburn and Alex Guyton had impressive performances against Auburn. Rayburn scored a season-high 25 points, hitting 7 of 15 shots, including 4 of 9 three-pointers and all seven of her free throw attempts. Guyton scored a career-high 14 points, tied her career-best with nine rebounds while playing a career-high 35 minutes. She also recorded two blocks and a game-high four steals.
In an unexpected occurrence against Auburn, Drey Mingo made her first game appearance since Nov. 21. Mingo played just over two minutes and recorded two points and a rebound. The redshirt junior contracted bacterial meningitis and was hospitalized in critical condition Nov. 23. She was released Nov. 28, but has some damage to her hearing/auditory system, the extent of which will not be known for some time. Mingo had been medically cleared during finals week and had been practicing limited minutes with the team. She continues to build back her strength and endurance.
Guyton Chips In
Junior forward Alex Guyton has helped filled the void created by Drey Mingo's illness by scoring a then career-high 11 points and pulling down a season-high four rebounds against Maryland. She followed that up with 10 points on 5 of 9 from the field at Notre Dame and tied her career high with a game-high nine rebounds at Texas A&M. The Bloomington, Ind., native scored 10 points and tied Antionette Howard for team-high rebounding honors with seven against Murray State. Versus Auburn she recorded a career-high 14 points and recorded game highs of nine rebounds and four steals. Guyton is averaging 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds for the season.