Dec. 19, 2011
Purdue Game Notes // Oakland Game Notes
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
OAKLAND (5-4) at No. 20/22 PURDUE (8-3)
Tipoff: Noon ET on Tuesday, Dec. 20
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Due to technical difficulties, there will not be a video web stream of the game. Live stats are 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 Sara White analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 2-0
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 20 by the Associated Press and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Oakland is not ranked.
Promotions: Elementary School Field Trip Day - $2 tickets for elementary school groups. Halftime presentation of the results of the Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive benefitting Food Finders Backpack Program.
Oakland (5-4) is coming off a 48-45 victory against Illinois-Chicago that the Golden Grizzlies won on a shot from beyond half court by Sharie Calhoun. The Grizzlies have had a nine-day layoff to prepare for the Boilermakers. They are led by junior Bethany Watterworth who is averaging 18.4 points per game and have two players, Zakiya Minifee (7.7) and Victoria Lipscomb (7.1) who average over seven rebounds per game. Senior Brittany Carnago was named the Summit League Player of the Week last week after averaging nine points, eight rebounds, 8.5 blocks and three assists per game in the wins over Clemson and UIC.
This is the third meeting between Purdue and Oakland in women's basketball, with the Boilermakers holding a 2-0 edge. Purdue won the first matchup 68-40 on Nov. 23, 2008, in Mackey Arena and the most recent, 71-64 on Dec. 13, 2009, at Oakland. Sharon Versyp is 2-0 against Oakland head coach Beckie Francis.
Purdue Vs. The Summit League
Purdue is 7-0 all time against teams in the Summit League, including 2-0 versus Oakland. The Boilermakers are 2-0 against IUPUI, 1-0 versus South Dakota State and 2-0 against Western Illinois.
The greater Lafayette community stepped up in response to the Purdue women's basketball team's community service project to benefit the Food Finders Backpack program, with over 1,400 boxes of breakfast cereal collected. Donations to the Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive were accepted at Purdue's home games against Texas A&M and Notre Dame as well as at drop boxes at the University Bookstore on Northwestern Ave., and area Lafayette Marsh and Payless supermarkets. A presentation of the results of the food drive will be made to representatives of Food Finders at halftime of Tuesday's game against Oakland. In addition, over 1,500 elementary school children are expected to attend Tuesday's contest as part of Elementary School Field Trip Day.
Last Time Out
Alex Guyton scored a career-high 19 points and Purdue hit its free throws late in the game to hold on for a 62-54 win over Auburn. After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, Auburn (6-3) cut the deficit to four with 4:41 to go but couldn't get any closer. The Boilermakers hit eight of their nine free throws in the final four minutes to seal it. Brittany Rayburn came off the bench for the first time in 44 games and scored 15 points for the Boilermakers. Rayburn was diagnosed with pneumonia after a 75-62 loss to Central Michigan on Dec. 11 and was limited in practice all week. Purdue scored 42 points in the second half, in part by shooting 59.1 percent (13-of-22) after connecting on just 29.6 percent (8-of-27) in the first period. Sam Ostarello had 10 points and seven rebounds for Purdue.
The Boilermakers have two more home games with IPFW on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. and then Big Ten action gets started on Dec. 30 against Minnesota at 7 p.m.
Not only has senior Brittany Rayburn led Purdue in scoring the last two seasons with averages of 14.6 ppg (sophomore) and 14.4 ppg (junior), but with 1,459 points she also is second among active Big Ten players for career points, trailing only Ohio State's Preseason Player of the Year candidate Samantha Prahalis. Rayburn leads the Boilermakers in scoring so far this season with an average of 15.1 ppg and through 11 games, is shooting a career-best 43.3 percent (55-of-127) from the field, including 40.7 percent (22-of-54) from three-point range. The Attica, Ind,. native has hit two or more threes in seven games this season. Against Tulane, Rayburn knocked down 5-of-8 three-pointers, her highest number of threes since the 2009-10 season and she followed that up with five threes at Duke.
All Good Things Must End
Rayburn's team-best streak of 44 consecutive starts ended at Auburn. The 6-foot senior was diagnosed with pneumonia after the Central Michigan game and was unable to practice until Dec. 17, prompting head coach Sharon Versyp to mover Rayburn out of the starting lineup. Rayburn came off the bench against the Tigers and recorded 15 points, three assists and three steals in 23 minutes. She also hit the only three-pointer for Purdue in the contest.
Guyton Finds A Rhythm
Apparently, Alex Guyton likes playing against Auburn. Last season she recorded a then career-high 14 points and nine rebounds against the Tigers. This season, she again set a career high with a game-high 19 points. The 6-foot-3 forward made 7-of-10 shots and 5-of-7 free throws while recording three steals in a season-high 25 minutes.