Dec. 21, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
IPFW (4-7, 2-0 Summit) at No. 20/21 PURDUE (9-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 22
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Live video web stream on purduesports.com or btn.com. 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 Jane Schott analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 2-0
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 20 by the Associated Press and No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. IPFW is not ranked.
The Mastodons have lost their last three games, including most recently a 90-60 setback at Detroit on Dec. 18, but are off to a 2-0 start in Summit League play. IPFW has three players averaging in double figures, led by Stephanie Rosado's 15.6 ppg average, but as a team is averaging just 62.5 points a contest. Senior Anne Boes (12.5 ppg) is IPFW's school record holder for career three-point field goals made with 254 while Hillary Moore is tops in rebounding with a 5.0 rpg average.
This is the third meeting between Purdue and IPFW in women's basketball, with the Boilermakers holding a 2-0 edge. Purdue defeated the Mastodons 107-39 on Nov. 21, 2004, followed by a 67-41 victory on Feb. 9, 2006. Both games were played in Mackey Arena. The 68-point margin in 2004 marks both the last time Purdue has scored 100 points or more and the largest margin of victory since defeating Savannah State 103-25 (+78) on Nov. 28, 2002.
Purdue Vs. The Summit League
Purdue is 10-0 all time against teams currently in the Summit League, including 2-0 versus IPFW. The Boilermakers are 2-0 against IUPUI, 3-0 when facing Oakland, 1-0 versus South Dakota State and 2-0 against Western Illinois.
Last Time Out
Sam Ostarello had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Purdue defeat Oakland 66-47. It was Ostarello's first double-double of the season and the second of her career. Courtney Moses scored 16 points and made four three-pointers for the Boilermakers. Moses had missed her last 10 three-point attempts, but connected on 4-of-7 against the Grizzlies. Offensively, the Boilermakers got help from a variety of players as Alex Guyton, Antionette Howard and Chantel Poston each scored six points and Liza Clemons contributed four. Purdue outrebounded the Golden Grizzlies 44-31, including a 20-8 advantage on the offensive boards.
The Boilermakers will take a break for the Christmas holiday and then will open Big Ten action at home Dec. 30 against Minnesota at 7 p.m. Following that is a contest at Illinois on Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. ET which will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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 1,466 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 14.4 ppg and through 12 games, is shooting a career-best 42.2 percent (57-of-135) from the field. 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.
Moses Provides Scoring Punch
Sophomore guard Courtney Moses has led Purdue in scoring four times this season, including tying Sam Ostarello with game-high honors with 16 points against Oakland. Moses is Purdue's second leading scorer, averaging 9.8 points per game after averaging 11.7 ppg as the Boilermakers' starting point guard last season. Moses set Purdue's freshman record for three-pointers a year ago with 54, connecting on 40.9 percent of her attempts from long range and 42.3 percent overall from the field. The Sweetser, Ind., native has gotten off to a slower start from the field this season but made a season-high 4-of-7 three-pointers versus Oakland. She also hit 3-of-5 threes against Texas A&M en route to a game-high 15 points. Moses has started every game she has played this year, in fact, the only game she has played but did not start was her very first one as a freshman. This season, Moses missed the Kansas State game due to concussion symptoms.
Not Just A Rebounder Anymore
Sam Ostarello led the Boilermakers in rebounding as a freshman with a 5.0 rpg average. As a junior, she has stepped up her game with a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game. Currently, she also is third on the team in scoring with a 7.8 ppg average. The Pierre, S.D., native has recorded double-digit rebounds in four games this season: 10 boards against Tulane, Kansas State and Oakland and a season-high 12 rebounds against Texas A&M. Ostarello's 10 rebounds in the win over Oakland went along with 16 points - two below her career-high - for her first double-double of the season and the second of her career.