Dec. 21, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
PURDUE (7-3) at GARDNER-WEBB (7-3)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 22
Location: Boiling Springs, N.C. - Paul Porter Arena
Web Stream: Available on bigsouthsports.com
Live Stats: Available on gwusports.com
Radio: Live on WPPE (93.5 BOB-FM), purduesports.com and the Purdue Radio Network with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Sara White analysis
The Series: Purdue trails 0-1
Gardner-Webb (7-3) is on a five-game win streak but has not played since an 81-47 win at home against Converse College on Dec. 16. The Hudson twins lead the Runnin' Bulldogs. Monique Hudson averages a team-best 14.2 points per game and the 5-foot-5 guard pulls down 4.4 rebounds per contest and a team-high 2.9 steals. Dominique Hudson averages 12.2 points per game and a team-high 5.7 assists per game. She also contributes 2.6 steals per game. Gardner-Webb averages 11.1 steals per contest, 15.5 assists and just 15.6 turnovers per game. Head coach Rick Reeves is 96-89 in his seventh year at the helm.
This is the second meeting between Purdue and Gardner-Webb and the Bulldogs hold a 1-0 series lead over the Boilermakers. The teams met last season Dec. 21 in Mackey Arena and Gardner-Webb pulled off the upset, coming back from a six-point deficit in the final 35.2 seconds to stun Purdue 56-55.
Purdue will return to Mackey Arena on Dec. 28 against Western Illinois and 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 7-0 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.
Purdue held Southern Illinois to 36 total points and 27.5 percent from the field. Both totals are the second-lowest this season. Murray State scored only 25 points on 12.2 percent field goals percentage on Dec. 12. Against the Salukis was the third time the Boilermakers have held an opponent to 40 points or fewer and Purdue is 3-0 in those games. The Boilermakers have only allowed one opponent to reach 50.0 percent field goal percentage - Notre Dame (31 of 62; .500) - and Purdue has held seven teams to under 40 percent from the field.
Notables From The Last Contest:
- Courtney Moses led the Boilermakers with 18 points on a season-high 66.7 percent field goal percentage (6 of 9), including 2 of 3 from the three-point line. Moses contributed a game-high six assists and had just two turnovers.
- Chelsea Jones scored a season-high 10 points and Chantel Poston contributed a season-high nine points.
- Alex Guyton pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds and tied a career high with five steals.
- All 11 players on the active roster saw game action, playing at least 10 minutes and all 11 scored.
- The Boilermakers were able to win by 39 points despite leading scorer Brittany Rayburn recording just five points, no one reaching the 20-point plateau and only two Boilermakers in double-figures.
Freshman point guard Courtney Moses followed up her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award by scoring a game-high 18 points while dishing out a season-high six assists against Southern Illinois. The Sweetser, Ind., native also contributed two rebounds and two steals with just two turnovers. It was the third positive assist to turnover ratio game and the fourth time this season Moses has led Purdue in scoring. She is currently the second leading scorer among freshmen in the Big Ten.
The Boilermakers have used six different starting lineups this season with the combination of Courtney Moses, Brittany Rayburn, Chantel Poston, Ashley Wilson and Alex Guyton producing the best record at 3-0.
Purdue had a tough stretch with five of six games against BCS automatic qualifier conferences, Murray State was 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. 16 DePaul and losing at No. 15 Notre Dame. The Boilermakers lost by one at home to No. 19 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and lost at No. 5 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.