WISCONSIN (5-7, 0-0 Big Ten) at PURDUE (9-3, 0-0 Big Ten)
Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 30 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 43-15 The Rankings: Both teams are unranked. Promotions: Service men and women night.
Wisconsin (5-7) has not played since a 63-59 overtime win at Wyoming on Dec. 15, a layoff of 13 days. The Badgers are on a three-game win streak after losing seven-straight games. Wisconsin has had its share of injuries with leading scorer Alyssa Karel (13.6 ppg) and second leading scorer Lin Zastrow (11.7) missing three games each. Sophomore forward Taylor Wurtz leads the Badgers in rebounding, averaging 7.3 boards per game while Tara Steinbauer contributes 6.8 rebounds and Zastrow 6.4 boards per game.
This is the 59th meeting between Wisconsin and Purdue and the Boilermakers hold a 43-15 series advantage, including a 22-game win streak in Mackey Arena. The Badgers have not won in West Lafayette since a 75-65 decision on March 10, 1984, and Purdue is 24-3 all time against Wisconsin at home. The Badgers have won two of the last three matchups, including the last meeting , a 73-51 dismantling of the Boilermakers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on March 5, 2010. Purdue is 8-2 in the last 10 matchups and 17-3 in the last 20 games.
The Boilermakers will hit the road, playing at Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. ET.
Big Ten Conference Play Begins
Thursday's game is the Big Ten opener for both Purdue and Wisconsin and 10 of the 11 conference teams are in action, with Michigan State receiving the bye this week. The Boilermakers are 3-1 in conference openers under Sharon Versyp, including 2-0 at home and 1-0 against Wisconsin.
Rayburn Reaches 1,000 Points
Junior guard Brittany Rayburn scored her 1,000th career point as a Boilermaker at 6:43 in the first half against Western Illinois with her seventh point of the night. The Attica, Ind., native became the 26th member of Purdue's 1,000 point club and tied Katie Gearlds as the seventh fastest to reach the milestone, needing just 80 games to hit the mark. Rayburn has 1,007 career points and needs just two points to move past Lakisha Freeman and Mary Jo Noon into 24th place all time on Purdue's scoring chart.
Notables From The Last Contest:
- Brittany Rayburn scored her 1,000th career point in the first half; she finished with a game-high 14 points.
- For the fourth time this season, four Boilermakers scored in double-figures. Rayburn had 14 while Drey Mingo, Courtney Moses and Dee Dee Williams scored 10 each. Williams' 10 points was a season-high.
- Purdue did not allow a Western Illinois player to reach double-figure scoring.
- Mingo's 10 points was her highest point total since returning from bacterial meningitis. The redshirt junior played 15 minutes, hit 3 of 5 shots, including 2 of 3 three-pointers, pulled down four rebounds, had an assist and two steals. It was her first made threes in her fourth game back.
- Sam Ostarello led all rebounders with a season-high 10 boards. Antionette Howard tied a career high with seven rebounds and Rayburn pulled down five boards.
- Purdue outrebounded Western Illinois 48-21. The Boilermakers' 48 boards are a season high, including a season-high 22 on the offensive end and the Leathernecks' 21 rebounds are a season low. The 27 rebound advantage is the largest of the season and Purdue improves to 9-0 when outrebounding it opponent.
- Western Illinois had a season-low nine free throw attempts, all of them in the first half.
- Purdue limited the Leathernecks to 17 of 52 shots for 32.7 percent. It is the ninth time the Boilermakers have held an opponent to under 40 percent from the field and the fourth game in a row.
- For the second time this season, Purdue's bench outscored its starters 43-33; also happened vs. Austin Peay (64-29). For the first time this year, the opponent's bench also outscored their starters (23-21).
Rayburn Sets Career High 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 ninth in the Big Ten in scoring with an average of 15.7 ppg.
The Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, second in three-point field goal defense and third in field goal defense, holding opponents to an average of 55.3 point per game, 28.0 percent from beyond the arc and 36.1 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 and shot 12.2 percent on Dec. 12. The Boilermakers have only allowed one opponent to reach 50.0 percent field goal percentage - Notre Dame (31 of 62 for 50.0%). Purdue has held nine teams under 40 percent from the field and seven teams to 56 points or less.
By The Numbers
Three keys to success for Purdue this season are rebounding, field goal percentage and high-octane offense. Purdue is 9-0 when it outrebounds its opponents, is 4-0 when shooting 50 percent from the field or better and is 7-0 when scoring 70 points or more.
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. She has achieved a positive assist to turnover in five 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 - 12th for FG% (.500), 13th for assists (3.1), 6th FT% (.862), 3rd 3FG% (.467), 13th assist/turnover ratio (0.9) and is 17th in the Big Ten in scoring with a 12.4 ppg average.
In an unexpected occurrence against Auburn, Drey Mingo made her first game appearance since Nov. 21. Mingo played just over two minutes and recorded two points and a rebound. The redshirt junior contracted bacterial meningitis and was hospitalized in critical condition Nov. 23. She was released Nov. 28, but has some damage to her hearing/auditory system, the extent of which will not be known for some time. Mingo played 10 minutes against Southern Illinois and 15 minutes at Gardner-Webb where she was Purdue's third leading scorer with six points and four rebounds. In the win over Western Illinois she returned to double-figure scoring with 10 points that included two three-pointers.
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 point. 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 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds for the season.
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, leaving an opening for the Boilermakers to add two games. If the Boilermakers add a second contest, it will 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.