Tipoff: Noon EST on Friday, Dec. 21 Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind. Television: None Internet: Live video web stream on purduesports.com/allaccess and 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 Sara White analysis. The Series: Purdue leads 2-0 The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press and No. 12 in the USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. IUPUI is not ranked. Promotions: Elementary School Field Trip Day and the conclusion of the Boiler Crunch Cereal Drive. Donations will be accepted at all gates of Mackey Arena through halftime and a presentation will be made to Food Finders at the intermission.
The Jaguars (6-5) are coming off a 67-58 loss at home to Butler. It was the first contest for IUPUI in nine days. The Jaguars defeated Goshen 87-31 on Dec. 9. Three players average double-figures for IUPUI, Kerah Nelson (14.1), DeAirra Goss (13.3) and Katie Comello (10.1). Nelson was named the Summit League Player of the Week on Dec. 10, but has not played in the last two contests. IUPUI is led by 2004 Purdue graduate Austin Parkinson. Parkinson was a four-year letterwinner at Purdue under Gene Keady, and holds the program record for career assist-to-turnover ratio with a mark of 2.70.
The Series vs. IUPUI
This is the third meeting between Purdue and IUPUI in women's basketball. The Boilermakers hold a 2-0 edge, with both contests being played in Mackey Arena.
Last Time vs. IUPUI KK Houser had 18 points and six steals to lead No. 17 Purdue over IUPUI 75-45 in the season opener for both teams. Houser sparked a 15-2 run in the first half, scoring eight of her 10 first-half points during the surge. Brittany Rayburn contributed 14 points and five rebounds, and Sam Ostarello recorded eight points, five rebounds and tied her career-high with four blocks. Nevena Markovic scored 14 points and Clara Mitchell added 10 for the Jaguars. IUPUI closed the first half on a 7-0 run, but Purdue regained control with an 8-0 burst to open the second half for 36-24 lead. The Boilermakers outrebounded IUPUI 44-31 and limited the Jaguars to 26.2 percent (16-of-61) shooting, including just 16.7 percent (4-of-24) from three-point range.
Purdue junior Dee Dee Williams will see several familiar faces on Friday. Her high school head coach Stan Benge is in his second year as an assistant coach for the Jaguars and two former teammates from Ben Davis Highs School, DeAirra Goss and Demetria Nunley-Lash are expected to start for IUPUI.
The Boilermakers have a break for Christmas before traveling to take on intrastate rival Notre Dame on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. in South Bend, Ind. The contest against the Irish is the final nonconference game of the regular season. Purdue starts Big Ten action on Jan. 2 at Illinois.
Last Time Out Drey Mingo scored 19 points and Purdue shot 56 percent from the field in a 77-46 win at Oakland. Dee Dee Williams had a career-high 14 points and Courtney Moses scored 13 for the Boilermakers. Sam Ostarello grabbed 10 rebounds for Purdue, which owned a 35-22 edge on the boards. Purdue led 38-27 at the half and then shot 61 percent after the break while holding the Golden Grizzlies to 19 points. Oakland did not make a field goal in the final eight minutes. Victoria Lipscomb led Oakland with 12 points and eight rebounds. Annemarie Hamlet had 11 points and Elena Popkey scored 10 for the Golden Grizzlies.
Career Day for Dee Dee
Oakland's game plan was to sag off Dee Dee Williams and make her be the one to beat them, and that's exactly what she did. The junior guard scored a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-4 from three-point range. Coming into the contest, Williams had hit only two three-pointers in her career (2-of-19; .105) and was averaging just 1.9 points per game.
With a 10-1 record, Purdue is off to its best start since the 2002-03 season. The Boilermakers have held the lead from tip to final buzzer in five contests this year - at SIU Edwardsville, Bowling Green, Wake Forest, Central Michigan and at IPFW - and have trailed at halftime only twice - vs. UConn and at UT Martin. Purdue is 1-1 when trailing at the half.
Based on statistics through Dec. 16, Purdue is ranked in the top 50 among Div. I institutions in several offensive categories. In addition to holding the No. 5 spot for three-point field goal percentage (.417), the Boilermakers are No. 9 for win/loss percentage (.909), No. 10 for field goal percentage (.470), No. 14 for free throw percentage (.781), No. 26 for assists per game (16.5), No. 43 for scoring offense (71.6 ppg) and No. 50 for scoring margin (+13.4). Purdue also is No. 46 in rebound margin (+7.4).