Women's Basketball Game Notes: Western Illinois

Dec. 27, 2010

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WESTERN ILLINOIS (3-8, 1-1 Summit) at PURDUE (8-3, 0-0 Big Ten)

Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 28
Location: West Lafayette, Ind. - Mackey Arena (14,123)
Television: none
Web Stream: live video web stream on bigtennetwork.com
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 Jane Schott analysis.
The Series: Purdue leads 6-0
The Rankings: Both teams are unranked.

With the win at Gardner-Webb, Purdue is on a four-game win streak. The Boilermakers started the season winning four in a row, then dropped three straight before the current run of wins.

Purdue's 59-58 win at Gardner-Webb was the first road win since Jan. 28, 2010, at Penn State, ending a stretch of seven consecutive road away game losses.

Purdue has added a game against SIU-Edwardsville on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena; general admission seating - $12 for adults/$5 for students.

Head coach Sharon Versyp is two wins shy of her 100th victory at Purdue.

Brittany Rayburn needs just seven points to become Purdue's 26th 1,000 point scorer.

Drey Mingo returned to action against Auburn. The junior contracted bacterial meningitis and was hospitalized from Nov. 23 to 28 and missed four games.

Purdue won the Preseason WNIT championship with a 67-58 victory over DePaul on Nov. 21. The 4-0 start was the best since a 6-0 start in 2006-07.

The Opponent
Western Illinois (3-8) is coming off a 64-59 loss at Loyola Chicago on Dec. 22. The Leathernecks have played two Summit League games already, losing 68-66 at home to Oral Roberts and defeating Centenary 68-55 on Dec. 4. Western Illinois also has wins over William Woods and Judson University and has been tested on the road with losses at Iowa State, at Oklahoma and at Kansas State. Junior guard Valencia Kelly is the Leatherneck's leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game. Sadie Webb and Michele Salvatori average 9.5 ppg each and Jackie Rieger and Brittany Demery are the leading rebounders at 4.6 boards per game each.

The Series
This is the seventh meeting between Purdue and Western Illinois, with the Boilermakers holding a 6-0 series advantage. The teams faced each other last year in Purdue's season opener, a 70-37 Boilermaker victory on Nov. 15 in Mackey Arena. The five other games were all played in the 1980s, starting with a 72-67 Purdue win on Feb. 20, 1981. The Boilermakers are 4-0 against the Leathernecks in Mackey Arena.

Next Up
Purdue will open Big Ten Conference play on Thursday, Dec. 30 versus Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena and the game has been designated as service men and women night. Next the Boilermakers will hit the road, playing at Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. ET.

Rayburn Sets Career High
Junior guard Brittany Rayburn scored a career-high 30 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 16 seconds to play at Gardner-Webb. It is the most points by a Boilermaker since Katie Gearlds set a school record with 41 points at Wisconsin on Feb. 18, 2007. Rayburn scored 19 points in the second half and finished the game hitting 10 of 16 shots, including 4 of 6 from three-point range. The Attica, Ind., native is eighth in the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 15.8 ppg.

Boilermakers Add Game
Purdue has added a game to the schedule and may add one more. Purdue will play host to SIU-Edwardsville on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena, a date that was open due to a bye in Big Ten league play. All tickets will be general admission and are $12 for adults and $5 for students. The Boilermakers canceled their two-game trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, when Drey Mingo became ill with bacterial meningitis. Purdue was scheduled to play Montana and Gulf Coast but the games were canceled, leaving an opening for the Boilermakers to add two games. If the Boilermakers add a second contest, it would probably be after the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament on March 6 and before the NCAA Tournament field is announced Monday, March 14.

Stingy Defense
The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten in scoring defense and third in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to an average of 56.4 point per game and 36.4 percent from the field. 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. Purdue is 3-0 when holding an opponent to 40 points or less. The Boilermakers have only allowed one opponent to reach 50.0 percent field goal percentage - Notre Dame hit 31 of 62 shots for 50.0 percent - and Purdue has held seven teams under 40 percent from the field.

Notables From The Last Contest:
- Brittany Rayburn scored a career-high 30 points. She also grabbed six rebounds and had two steals.
- Courtney Moses scored eight points, had four assists and just two turnovers, plus three rebounds and a steal. Moses stole the ball from Monique Hudson near half court with just over three minutes to play and drove in for a layup to give Purdue a 56-53 lead.
- Drey Mingo played 15 minutes, scored six points and pulled down four rebounds. Mingo is 8 of 8 from the free throw line since returning from her battle with bacterial meningitis.

By The Numbers
Three keys to success for Purdue this season are rebounding, field goal percentage and high-octane offense. Purdue is 8-0 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.

Mo Moses
Freshman point guard Courtney Moses has won three Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards, the most recent on Dec. 27. Moses scored a game-high 18 points while dishing out a season-high six assists against Southern Illinois on Dec. 20. With four assists and two turnovers at Gardner-Webb, she has achieved a positive assist to turnover in four games this season. Moses has led Purdue in scoring four times this year and is the second leading scorer among freshmen in the Big Ten. Moses is in the top 15 in the conference in five categories - 13th for FG% (.495), 13th for assists (3.1), 6th FT% (.862), 3rd 3FG% (.500), 14th assist/turnover ratio (0.9) and is 16th in the Big Ten in scoring with a 12.6 ppg average.

Guyton Chips In
Junior forward Alex Guyton has helped filled the void created by Drey Mingo's illness. It started with the Maryland game when Guyton scored a then career-high 11 points and pulled down four rebounds. She followed that up with 10 points at Notre Dame and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds at Texas A&M. The Bloomington, Ind., native scored 10 points and tied Antionette Howard for team-high rebounding honors with seven against Murray State. Versus Auburn she recorded a career-high 14 points and recorded game highs of nine rebounds and four steals. Against Southern Illinois Guyton grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and tied a career high with five steals. The 6-foot-3 forward is first on the team in steals and tied with Mingo for leading rebounder. Guyton is averaging 6.6 points and 5.0 rebounds for the season.

Starting Lineups
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 4-0.




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