Game Notes: No. 22/20 Purdue at Illinois
January 26, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
Tipoff: 7 p.m. (ET) on Monday, Jan. 27
Location: State Farm Center – Champaign, Ill.
Television: Big Ten Network with Lisa Byington providing play-by-play and Stephanie White 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 analysis.
The Series: Purdue holds a 50-16 all-time advantage over the Fighting Illini heading into Monday’s matchup, including a 20-11 edge in Champaign. The Boilermakers have won five straight in the series, last falling to Illinois in 2010 at the previously-named Assembly Hall, 61-57.
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 Fighting Illini head into Monday’s game at 9-10 overall and 2-4 in conference play, coming off their biggest win of the season. Illinois picked up a 61-51 at Michigan State on Thursday, dealing the Spartans their second Big Ten loss of the season and just their third loss this year at home. The Fighting Illini are led by senior Amber Moore and junior Ivory Crawford, who enter Monday’s game averaging just over 15 points apiece per game. Moore has hit a Big Ten-best 57 three-pointers this season, averaging three a game, while Crawford has led the Fighting Illini in scoring in seven straight games.
Courtney Moses has left Champaign on her teammates’ shoulders the last two trips, hitting game-winning shots both times for the Boilermakers. In 2012, Moses drained a three as time expired to give Purdue a 64-63 victory, and she followed with a jumper with three seconds left in overtime in 2013 for a 67-66 Boilermaker victory.
Life Behind the Arc
The Boilermakers are making 39.7 percent from three-point land this season, good for second in the Big Ten and ninth in the nation, including an even 40 percent in conference play. Moses has led the way with a blazing 47.7 percent from long range on the season, and an even more impressive 51.1 percent in conference action, as she ranks eighth in the nation on the year.
Big Ten Boarding
Purdue’s rebounding average is up nearly five boards a game during Big Ten play (39.2-44.1), including a conference-best 18.3 rebounds over the last seven games. The Boilermakers have grabbed over 50 rebounds on three different occasions since the start of conference play, including a season-best 53 boards against Northwestern on Thursday.
Junior Liza Clemons is coming off one of the best games of her career as she posted a career-high 23 points and matched a career-high with 10 rebounds against Northwestern on Thursday. Clemons is ninth in the Big Ten, shooting 52 percent from the field this season, and seventh in Big Ten Conference play, making 53.7 percent of her field goals. Clemons averaged just five minutes per game in her first two seasons, but is playing nearly 27 minutes a game this year.