Lady Lion Preview: Purdue

<B>No. 24 Purdue @ Penn State </B> <P><B>Bryce Jordan Center</B> <P><B>Game Time:</B> 8:00 p.m.

Records: Penn State 10-5, 5-0; Purdue 10-6, 3-2

Coaches: Rene Portland is 572-199 in her 25th season at Penn State and 659-228 overall. Kristy Curry is 146-37 in her sixth year at Purdue.

Series: Purdue leads the all-time series, 14-13

Last meeting: Purdue beat the Lady Lions 59-58 when the teams last met in the final of the Big Ten tournament last year.

Last time out: Penn State beat Indiana 65-44 on Sunday. The Boilermakers lost to No. 7 Notre Dame 86-69 on the same day.

TV: Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh

Radio: Penn State Sports Network (Jerry Fisher, Matt McDonald)

Next up: Penn State hosts No. 8 Michigan State on Sunday while Purdue hosts Iowa on the same day.

Probable Starters:

Penn State — G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (14.3 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (19.9 ppg), G Jennifer Harris, 6-0 So. (13.0 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.3 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (8.0 ppg).

Purdue — G Katie Gearlds, 6-1 So. (12.7 ppg), G Brina Pollack, 5-8 Fr. (2.2 ppg), F Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, 6-2 Fr. (6.8 ppg), F Erin Lawless, 6-2 So. (15.3 ppg), C Emily Heikes, 6-0 Sr. (5.3 ppg).

Quick Quiz: Wright recently moved into fifth on the Lady Lions’ all-time scoring list. She is now 162 points behind the fourth-place scorer. Who is that player?

Penn State Notes:

• Wright was named Big Ten co-Player of the Week after averaging 18 points, 5.5 rebounds and five assists in Lady Lions’ wins against Illinois and Indiana last week.

• Portland said the team is slightly disappointed with not being ranked, but it isn’t important in the grand scheme of things. “Our goal is to win the Big Ten title, and so when [the team’s we’ve beaten] all stay ranked in the Top 25 and we don’t, it makes you shake your head,” she said. “But you know, when we came back from Christmas, we erased the slates and said let’s go get ready for Ohio State, and the kids showed they were mature enough to do that.”

• On the season, the Lady Lions are allowing 65.8 points per game. However, in their last three games, Penn State is allowing 47.7 points per contest.

• Former Lady Lion Kelly Mazzante is currently playing for the Lubbock Hawks in the National Women’s Basketball League. She is averaging 13 points per game with two games under her belt.

• Stat Watch: Penn State turns the ball over 14.1 times a game

Purdue Notes:

• Opponents are shooting just 33 percent from the field against the Boilermakers. That is tops in the Big Ten.

• Purdue leads the Big Ten in blocked shots and steals, averaging 6.62 and 10.69 per game, respectively.

• Purdue has lost its last two games. The last time the Boilermakers lost three in a row was the 1999-2000 season.

• The Boilermakers are 5-0 against unranked Penn State teams.

• Stat Watch: Purdue turns the ball over 20.9 times a game.

Quiz Answer: Suzie McConnell

FOS Prediction: Penn State 63, Purdue 57

Comment: The result might be different if the game wasn’t being played at the BJC, but the Lady Lions will be too much for the Boilermakers at home.


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