Game Notes: Northwestern at No. 22/20 Purdue
January 23, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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Tipoff: 7 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Jan. 23
Location: Mackey Arena – West Lafayette, Ind.
Television: Big Ten Network with Kevin Lee providing play-by-play and LaChina Robinson providing analysis.
Internet: Big Ten Digital Network (http://video.btn.com/allaccess/) and BTN2Go
Radio: Live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Tyler Goldberg providing analysis.
The Series: The Boilermakers lead the all-time series with the Wildcats, 44-20, including four of the last six meetings and 16 in a row in Mackey Arena, dating to 1993. Purdue won 21 straight contests with Northwestern from Jan. 13, 1998 to Feb. 1, 2009, before a 60-58 Wildcat victory in Evanston in Dec. 2009. Northwestern dealt the No. 21 Boilermakers their second straight Big Ten loss to open the 2014 conference schedule, snagging a 71-68 win in Evanston on Jan. 9. Purdue shot just 33.8 percent from the field and made just 13-of-24 free throws in the loss, while sophomore Maggie Lyon and freshman Christen Inmen scored 20 and 18 points, respectively.
The Rankings: Purdue is ranked 22nd by the Associated Press and 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches’ Poll. Northwestern is unranked.
The Wildcats come to West Lafayette at 12-6 overall and 2-3 in conference play, coming off a 74-58 home victory over Wisconsin on Saturday. Still searching for its first road win in conference play, Northwestern is led by three of the conference’s best freshmen in Nia Coffey, Christen Inman and Ashley Deary. Coffey ranks second in the conference among freshmen in scoring and rebounding and 13th and ninth nationally among first-years. Inmen is shooting a blistering 66 percent from the field in Big Ten play, while Deary is averaging 8.4 assists per game in conference action.
Purdue has won back-to-back conference games for the first time this season, routing archrival Indiana on Friday, 86-53, before earning a hard-fought, 77-75 victory at No. 21 Nebraska on Sunday.
Dialing From Distance
The Boilermakers are second in the conference with 7.3 three-point field goals per game, led by Courtney Moses’ 2.7 triples per game, which is third in the Big Ten. Moses' 49 made threes are tied for 28th most in the NCAA this year, and her 46.7 percent from three is ranked 11th in the nation.
Bays Is Bringing It
Whitney Bays was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll on Monday after posting her first career double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds against Indiana, and hitting the game-winning bucket at Nebraska. She is averaging 11.1 points and 6.5 rebounds off the bench for the Boilermakers this season.
Pregame Moment of Silence
The Boilermakers will hold a moment of silence prior to Thursday’s game to honor Riley Smith and Andrew Boldt. On Sunday, 12-year-old Riley Smith, who had become a beloved member of the women’s basketball family, lost her battle with Niemann-Pick disease. Then, on Tuesday, Boilermakers everywhere were shaken by the tragic passing of Boldt, a 21-year-old Purdue student.
Suits and Sneakers
The Purdue women’s basketball staff will be sporting suits and sneakers in support of Coaches vs. Cancer at Thursday’s game. Both Boilermaker programs will don the look this week as Saturday’s men’s game will also feature a student challenge to get the most fans in suits in sneakers to win a $10,000 donation on behalf of Purdue to the Relay For Life.