Hoosiers Face Rival in 13th-Ranked Purdue Sunday Afternoon
Jan. 13, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's basketball team will face its rival in the No. 13 Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on Sunday, Jan. 14.
The Hoosiers (13-5, 2-3) fell short against Iowa, 71-67, on Jan. 11 in Assembly Hall behind a double-double from Sarah McKay. McKay posted 17 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season, while adding five blocked shots. Jamie Braun scored 12 points off the bench, while Kim Roberson added 11 with a pair of 3-pointers and Nikki Smith scored 10 points in the effort.
Iowa shot 40.4 percent (23-of-57) to the Hoosiers' 36.9 percent (24-of-65) and held the advantage on the boards, 46-37. IU forced the Hawkeyes into committing 15 turnovers, while posting a season-low seven on the game.
Catch all the action from Mackey Arena as Mike Hensinger and Steve Vilardo call the battle between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers on WHCC 105.1 FM. Tip-off against Purdue is at 3 p.m. ET. Sunday's match-up between IU and Purdue will also be televised tape-delayed on Comcast SportsNet Chicago at 2 a.m. ET.
THE PURDUE SERIES
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
The Boilermakers shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the 3-point line. Despite getting outrebounded by the Spartans, 42-38, Purdue forced MSU into committing 17 turnovers while registering 12 steals.
Gearlds is currently leading Purdue with 17.7 points per game. Wisdom-Hylton is averaging 14.6 points per contest and is also pulling down a team-high 8.5 boards per game. Erin Lawless is also averaging in double figures with 11.5 points per game. Purdue is averaging 71.3 points and 37.2 rebounds per game as a team.
MORE ON THE PURDUE SERIES
On Feb. 19, Indiana got back at Purdue, knocking off the Boilermakers, 63-61, in overtime in Mackey Arena. Valentin scored 25 points by way of five 3-pointers and Nikki Smith added 12 points on three treys.
The Hoosiers and Boilermakers met for a third time in the semifinal of the 2005 Big Ten Tournament. This time, third-seeded Purdue was able to pull off a 67-41 win over the sixth-seeded Hoosiers. Valentin led all players with 21 points, while Thomas added 11 rebounds.
THE EMERGENCE OF Sarah McKay
In her last 10 games, McKay has averaged 10.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Her latest outing of 17 points and 10 rebounds against Iowa (01/11) resulted in her first double-double since she registered 24 points and 16 rebounds at Ball State on Dec. 31, 2003.
McKay has moved into second in scoring for IU with 9.7 points in the Hoosiers' first 18 games of the season and her 1.6 rejections per contest have her ranked eighth among Big Ten leaders. She is leading the Hoosiers' starting five shooting 52.9 percent from the field and is fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.3 boards per game on the season.
INDIANA UNDEFEATED AGAINST IN-STATE RIVALS
Indiana has just one in-state opponent left in Purdue. Following the Hoosiers contest against the Boilermakers Sunday in West Lafayette, IU will complete this season's home-and-home in Bloomington on Jan. 21.
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