Dec. 30, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Indiana (8-4, 1-0) at Purdue (6-6, 1-1)
Barn Burner Trophy Game
Tip: Thursday, Dec. 31 at 12 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena
Television: Big Ten Network. Brent Stover will provide play-by-play and Stephanie White will provide analysis.
Internet Video: None
Radio: WBPE 95.3 BOB-FM and purduesports.com. Tim Newton will provide play-by-play and Jane Schott will provide analysis.
Rankings: both teams are unranked.
Live Stats: Gametracker available at purduesports.com.
The Boilermakers will take on instate rival Indiana (8-4, 1-0) on Thursday. It is the only meeting in the regular season between the two teams. The Hoosiers had the bye on Monday, and won their last contest, 73-63 over Toledo on Dec. 22. IU is led by 5-foot-9 junior guard Jori Davis who is averaging 17.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Six-foot-3 forward Sasha Chaplin averages a team-best 7.9 rpg and chips in 10.7 ppg.
This marks the 69th meeting between Purdue and Indiana, and the only regular-season matchup between the two teams for the second consecutive year. The Boilermakers lead the series 43-25. Purdue was 1-1 versus the Hoosiers last year, losing the Barn Burner Trophy game in Bloomington, 71-57 on Jan. 19, 2009, but winning 68-64 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on March 6. Purdue is 7-3 in the last 10 games and 16-4 in the last 20 against the Hoosiers. The first time these teams met was an 80-44 victory by IU on Jan. 28, 1976, in Bloomington. The Boilermakers hold an 18-10 series advantage in games played in Mackey Arena.
Barn Burner Trophy
The Barn Burner Trophy was established in the 1993-94 season as a traveling trophy between Purdue and Indiana, funded by the Sara Lee Corporation as part of its discover Women's Sports program. It is similar in concept to football's Old Oaken Bucket, volleyball's Monon Spike and women's soccer's Golden Boot. The winner of the wood plaque is responsible for bringing it back to its campus and adding a panel to denote its victory, complete with score and most valuable player. Purdue won the first Barn Burner Trophy game, 83-58 on March 2, 1994, in West Lafayette and has won 13 of the 16 contests. Last year, the Hoosiers won for the first time in over a decade, a 71-57 victory in Bloomington. IU's Jori Davis was named the game's MVP.
Already this season, the Boilermakers have claimed possession of the Old Oaken Bucket, the Monon Spike and the Golden Boot. If Purdue wins on Thursday, it will be the sixth time that the Boilermakers have held all four rivalry trophies in the same school year. Indiana has never done so.
Crimson & Gold Cup
A full point is on the line in the Crimson & Gold Cup, an all-sports competition between Purdue and Indiana. The results of meetings between every varsity sport in which both schools compete figure in the final tally. For more information on the Barn Burner Trophy and Crimson & Gold Cup, see page 128 of the media guide.
Purdue will play its final nonconference game of the regular season when it plays host to another instate rival, No. 3/3 Notre Dame on Monday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. in Mackey Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The Boilermakers are looking for their first win against Notre Dame in Sharon Versyp's tenure as head coach. The 7 p.m. tipoff is a change from the originally scheduled time of 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Last Time Out
After jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first 9:35, the Boilermakers defeated Minnesota 51-43. Purdue forced 14 first-half turnovers to lead 24-13 at half. The 13 points was the lowest opponent output since the Boilermakers held Northwestern to 13 points on Jan. 25, 2007. In the second half, the Golden Gophers cut the lead to five with 12:47 to play but Purdue went on an 11-0 run over the next 8:15 to put the game out of reach. For the game, the Boilermakers committed just 15 turnovers, a season low and nearly seven below their season average. Howell finished as the only Boilermaker in double figures with 13 points, but sophomore Chelsea Jones contributed seven points and eight rebounds while playing stellar defense that included helping hold Minnesota's second leading scorer, Ashley Ellis-Milan to just one point.
Sixty Is The Magic Number
Defense has been the Boilermakers strength this season, but on offense the 60-point plateau has been a key in Purdue victories. The Boilermakers are 5-0 when scoring 60 or more points. The only Purdue victory when scoring less than 60 points occurred against Minnesota on Dec. 28, when the Boilermakers evened their conference record to 1-1 with a 51-43 win over the Golden Gophers. On the season, Purdue is 1-6 when scoring 59 points or less.
Head Coach Sharon Versyp
Former Boilermaker point guard, Sharon Versyp is in her fourth season as head coach at Purdue. She has an 81-38 record for a win percentage of 68.1 percent. The Mishawaka, Ind., native has a career mark of 198-103 and is two games away from the 200-win plateau in her 10th season as a collegiate head coach. At Purdue, Versyp has averaged 25 wins per season, the second-best three-year average in school history. Kristy Curry averaged 26 wins in her first three years. Versyp has led the Boilermakers to two Big Ten Tournament championships (2007 and 2008) and to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight twice (2007 and 2009).
Impressive Defensive Numbers
As of Dec. 21, Purdue is ranked No. 12 nationally in scoring defense, 16th in field goal defense and fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense. Purdue is tops in the conference in scoring defense and three-point field goal defense and third in field goal defense.
Sophomore Chantel Poston suffered an Achilles tendon injury on Oct. 1, that required surgery. She tore the tendon in her right foot during a conditioning drill and is expected to miss the season. Sophomore Alex Guyton missed the first 10 games of the season with a stress fracture in her lower left leg, but has played in the last two contests.
Senior FahKara Malone is 30 steals away from setting the Purdue career steals record. The Evansville, Ind., native is fourth with 298 career steals, while former two-time All-American Katie Douglas owns the record with 327. In her first three years, Malone has averaged 87.7 steals a season. She recorded 104 thefts as a freshman, 89 as a sophomore and had 70 steals as a junior - despite missing nine games due to injury. The 5-foot-3 point guard is the Big Ten's career steals leader among active players and is ranked 40th nationally with a season average of 2.9 steals per game.
Sharing The Rock
Malone tied her career high for assists by dishing out 10 at Northwestern while contributing 11 points to record the first double-double of her career. Malone is sixth at Purdue on the career assist charts and is the Big Ten's active assists leader. Malone is third in the conference in assists (4.6) and second in steals (2.9).
Senior Jodi Howell led the Boilermakers in scoring with 13 points in the win against Minnesota, nailing three three-pointers in the effort. The Alexandria, Ind., native currently holds the Big Ten and school record for career three-point field goal percentage (minimum of 100 attempts) at 42.6 percent (153-359). She has hit at least one three-pointer in 10 games this season and 72 times in her career.
Rayburn Putting Up Big Numbers
Sophomore Brittany Rayburn, the 2009 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year as a freshman, was reinserted into the starting lineup at Oakland. She responded by scoring 26 points, tying her career high. The outing included a career-best 12 of 12 performance from the free throw line. Against Gardner-Webb, the Attica, Ind., native equaled her career best with 26 points. It was her fifth 20+ point performance of the season. She leads the team in scoring with a 15.7 ppg average, good for seventh in the Big Ten.