Lady Lion Preview — @ Purdue

<B>No. 23 Penn State @ Purdue <P>Mackey Arena <P>Game Time: 1:00 p.m., Sunday</B>

Records: Penn State 14-7, 9-1; Purdue 12-9, 5-5.

Coaches: Rene Portland is 576-200 in her 25th season at Penn State and 663-229 overall. Kristy Curry is 148-40 in her sixth year at Purdue.

Series: Penn State is 14-14 all-time against Purdue.

Last meeting: Penn State beat Purdue 77-54 at the Bryce Jordan Center in January.

Last time out: Penn State beat Michigan 76-61 on Thursday while Purdue lost to Illinois 66-56 on the same day.

TV: FSN Chicago, WPSX-TV.

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

Next up: Penn State hosts Indiana Thursday while Purdue travels to Minnesota next Sunday.

Probable Starters:

Penn State — G Jess Strom, 5-7 Sr. (15.8 ppg), G Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Sr. (20.6 ppg), G Jennifer Harris, 6-0 So. (11.5 ppg), F Ashli Schwab, 6-3 Sr. (6.4 ppg), F Amanda Brown, 6-4 So. (7.2 ppg).

Purdue — G Brina Pollack, 5-8 Fr. (2.2 ppg), G Katie Gearlds, 6-1 So. (12.7 ppg), F Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, 6-2 Fr. (8.5 ppg), F Erin Lawless 6-2 So. (14.5 ppg), C Emily Heikes, 6-0 Sr. (5.8 ppg).

Quick Quiz: When was the last time Purdue faced a higher-ranked Penn State team at home?

Penn State Notes:

• Strom tied a career-high with 29 points against Michigan Thursday.

• Portland said it won’t be easy to defeat Purdue twice in the same season. “The second time around is always a little more difficult,” she said. “I thought we handled them very well when we played them here. We did a great job on [Erin] Lawless.”

• Strom is fourth all-time in assists in the Big Ten.

• The Lady Lions are 11-1 when they score at least 70 points.

• Stat Watch: Penn State is averaging 13.8 turnovers per game.

Purdue Notes:

• Lawless and Gearlds are averaging 27.2 points per game, but they were held to just a combined 10 points against Illinois.

• Purdue has already lost three home games this season. The Boilermakers haven’t lost more than three home games since the 1992-93 season.

• Purdue was picked to finish first in the Big Ten by the media in the preseason.

• The Boilermakers have won the Big Ten tournament in each of the last two years.

• Purdue leads the Big Ten with an average of 6.3 blocked shots per game.

• Stat Watch: The Boilermakers turn the ball over 19.3 times per game.

Quiz Answer: On Jan. 6, 2000, No. 6 Penn State beat No. 12 Purdue in Mackey Arena.

FOS Prediction: Purdue 70, Penn State 66.

Comment: The Lady Lions have been inconsistent on the road this year. While Purdue hasn’t been as strong at home as it’s been in previous seasons, the Boilermakers will likely come out fired up against a team that defeated them soundly earlier this season.


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