Dec. 21, 2013
Tipoff: Noon (ET) on Sunday, Dec. 22
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Boilermaker All-Access - http://www.purduesports.com/allaccess/
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Jane Schott providing analysis.
The Series: The Boilermakers lead the all-time series against Bowling Green, 5-3, riding a three-game win streak heading into Sunday's matchup. Purdue won the first-ever contest against Bowling Green in 1981, taking a 29-point victory over the Falcons, before losing three of the next four, including two in Bowling Green. BGSU owns a 75-72 upset over the 10th-ranked Boilermakers in 1991, before Purdue won the last three meetings. One of the most notable wins in recent history was a narrow 54-53 victory on the Falcons' home floor, as Courtney Moses inbounded the ball off an opponent's back with 13 second left to play and scored the game-winning layup.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 18th by the Associated Press and 21st in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Bowling Green is unranked.
The Falcons come to West Lafayette at 9-1 after dealing Massachusetts an 86-46 on Thursday at home, led by the trio of Erica Donovan, Alexis Rogers and Jillian Halfhill, all averaging double figures in scoring. Bowling Green has already taken out a pair of Big Ten opponents, knocking off Michigan in their season opener, 63-52, and topping Ohio State in Columbus, 64-52. The Falcons come into the game shooting 44 percent from the field, and outrebounding opponents by 9.5 boards per game, while committing just 14.2 turnovers per game.
The Boilermakers are at least 8-2 after 10 games for the 17th time in school history, and the third time under Versyp, following an 8-2 start in 2006-07 and a 9-1 start last year.
Sunday's game is Purdue's third in eight days, and their first at home since Dec. 8. The Boilermakers have played just three home games so far this season, winning all three and taking them by an average of 19 points per game.
Home Court Advantage
Purdue has the Big Ten's largest home attendance numbers so far this season, averaging 7,699 per game, including a high mark of 8,021 in the home opener against Ball State. The next highest is 5,798 over six games at Michigan State.
Bowling Green is Purdue's third Mid-American Conference opponent of the season, and No. 3 of 4 on its 2013-14 schedule. The Boilermakers defeated Ball State in Mackey Arena in Purdue's home opener, 63-57, and edged a solid Toledo team on the road on Nov. 17, 81-79. Purdue will host Central Michigan in its first game back from the holiday break on Saturday, Dec. 28.
After Wednesday's win at Green Bay, the Boilermakers climbed to 10th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) at .6704, and are the highest ranked team in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue's strength of schedule is ranked 22nd in the country, and Bowling Green will be the Boilermakers' third top-50 opponent of the season, entering the weekend ranked 32nd in the RPI.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women's Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 755-400 all-time.
- Purdue is 169-81 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 286-146.
- The Boilermakers are 357-179 all-time against non-conference opponents and 55-17 against the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons are Purdue's third MAC opponent of the season.
- Purdue is ranked for the 76th time in their last 79 games, sitting 18th in the AP Poll and tied for 21st in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
- Purdue is 394-121 all-time at home, including a 193-60 mark against non-conference opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 178-79 all-time in the month of December, including an 89-19 record at home and a flawless 6-0 mark on Dec. 22.
- Purdue is 21-17 all-time in its 11th game of the season.