Game Notes: No. 16/22 Purdue vs. IPFW
December 8, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
Tipoff: 2 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Dec. 8
Location: Mackey Arena - West Lafayette, Ind.
Internet: Big Ten Digital Network - Video.BTN.com. Tyler Goldberg will provide play-by-play, while Liz VanOostenberg will provide analysis and Elizabeth Gates will do sideline reporting.
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Jane Schott doing analysis.
The Series: Purdue is undefeated in four meetings with IPFW, dating to the series opener in 2004. The Boilermakers have won by an average of 36.5 points per meeting, but the Mastadons have closed the gap in recent history, including last year's 15-point spread, 69-54, on Dec. 21.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 16th by the Associated Press and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches' Poll. IPFW is unranked.
IPFW comes to West Lafayette at 4-5 on the year, suffering an 80-67 loss at Evansville on Wednesday, but upsetting Big Ten opponent Michigan State in East Lansing, 81-76, last Sunday. The Mastadons are led by senior Amanda Hyde, who is averaging 22.6 points per game and shooting better than 55% from the field. The reigning Summit League Player of the Year, Hyde poured in 41 points in a win at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 33 points against Indiana, and most recently 32 points at Evansville.
Senior KK Houser became the 28th member of the Boilermakers' 1,000-point club at Duke on Thursday, scoring 20 points against the Blue Devils. She hit the mark in her 107th career game, the 22nd-fastest stretch in school history, and surpassed Lakisha Freeman and Mary Jo Noon for 26th on the all-time scoring list.
Now with 1,000 points and 200 steals in her career, Houser remains just 30 assists shy of becoming the seventh player in Purdue history with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 200 steals. The other six names on this list feature two All-Americans and four of the best point guards to wear the Old Gold and Black.
Boost From the Bench
The Boilermakers continue to get nearly half of their scoring from the bench, averaging 31.1 points per game from their six non-starters. Juniors Whitney Bays and Liza Clemons are leading the charge with 10.6 and 7.1 points per game, and are Purdue's two leading rebounders at 5.0 and 5.6 rebounds per game, respectively.
Good Works by Moses
Courtney Moses was announced Tuesday as one of 202 nominees for the 2014 AllState Good Works Team, including just one of 52 NCAA Division I women's players.
Purdue is ranked for the 73rd time in their last 76 games, sitting 16th in the AP Poll and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.