Dec. 27, 2013
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: Central Michigan leads the all-time series against the Boilermakers, despite Purdue taking two of the last three meetings. The two squads first met on Jan. 21, 1978, with the Boilermakers taking a 63-60 victory at the Southern Illinois Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. The Chippewas won three meetings over the next five seasons, including a 30-point win in Mount Pleasant in 1983, before the Boilermakers earned a 39-point victory, the largest in series history in 1988, 88-49. The two squads resumed play in 2011 after a 23-year hiatus, splitting the last two matchups.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 17th by the Associated Press and 19th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. Central Michigan is unranked.
Central Michigan enters Saturday's game at 4-6, playing one of the nation's toughest schedules to date. Their path has included three of the top six teams in the country, including their most recent loss at No. 2 Notre Dame, 106-72. The Chippewas are led by one of the nation's top scorers in junior Crystal Bradford, who comes to West Lafayette averaging 21.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, including four straight double-doubles and 26.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game during the stretch.
Saturday's game is the Boilermakers' first back from the holiday break. Purdue is 27-11 all-time in its first game after Christmas, including a 6-1 mark under Versyp.
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten Conference and rank in the top-10 in the NCAA in free throw percentage, cashing in 79.2 percent (186-236) from the charity stripe.
Purdue has held its last two opponents under 50 points and allowed just 27.3 percent (36-132) shooting from the field, and 19.6 percent (9-46) from behind the arc.
Central Michigan is Purdue's fourth Mid-American Conference opponent of the season. The Boilermakers defeated Ball State in Mackey Arena in Purdue's home opener, 63-57, edged a solid Toledo team on the road on Nov. 17, 81-79, and topped Bowling Green six days ago in Mackey Arena, 57-48. The Boilermakers are 56-
The Boilermakers are currently ranked eighth in the RPI (6876), good for highest in the Big Ten, and have played the 13th toughest schedule in the nation, second-best in the conference. Of Purdue's 17 remaining games, just one is against a team outside the top-100 of the RPI.
Helping Each Other
The Boilermakers have assisted on 65.8 percent of their field goals this season, tied for 30th in the nation in the category and ranked third in the Big Ten Conference. KK Houser leads the Boilermakers with 4.8 assists per game, and is ranked fifth in the conference.
- This is the 39th season in Purdue Women's Basketball history. The Boilermakers are 756-400 all-time.
- Purdue is 170-81 under head coach Sharon Versyp, who is in her eighth season with the Boilermakers. She has a career record of 287-146.
- The Boilermakers are 358-179 all-time against non-conference opponents and 56-17 against the Mid-American Conference. The Chippewas are Purdue's fourth MAC opponent of the season.
- Purdue is ranked for the 77th time in their last 80 games, sitting 17th in the AP Poll and tied for 19th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
- Purdue is 395-121 all-time at home, including a 194-60 mark against non-conference opponents.
- The Boilermakers are 179-79 all-time in the month of December, including an 90-19 record at home and an 8-1 mark on Dec. 28.
- Purdue is 24-14 all-time in its 12th game of the season.