Jan. 13, 2017
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Setting the Scene
- • Ohio State is looking to get back on track this Sunday when it travels to West Lafayette, Ind., for a game against Purdue.
- Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET from Mackey Arena.
- The Buckeyes are coming off their first Big Ten loss of the season at Michigan State last Tuesday night. OSU is 14-5 on the year and 4-1 in the conference.
- Purdue is playing as well right now as any team in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have won three-straight over Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin and have held each team to under 60 points. Purdue is 12-6 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.
- The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Pam Ward and Gail Goestenkors will call the action.
- The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Noting The Buckeyes
- The Buckeyes are 14-5 on the season and 4-1 in Big Ten play after suffering its first conference loss last Tuesday.
- OSU is No. 11 both the AP poll and Coaches Polls.
- The Buckeyes set a school-record last season by averaging 86.0 ppg. This season, they are fourth in the country at 88.5 ppg.
- OSU scored 87 or more points in the first four Big Ten games this season which game them a school-record streak of eight straight games dating back to last season.
- Ohio State leads the country in both free throws attempted and free throws made.
- The Buckeyes have grabbed 50 or more rebounds in nine games this season — the most since the 1981-82 season — and are second in the country with 896 rebounds.
- Stephanie Mavunga has recorded a team-best seven double-doubles this season.
- Junior Kelsey Mitchell was named the B1G Player of the Week on Jan. 9. She averaged 29.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in wins over Northwestern and Michigan.
- Mitchell became the fastest player in NCAA history to 2,000 career points as she reached the mark in just 79 games.
- Mitchell has scored 2,202 career points and recently passed former teammate Ameryst Alston for fourth all-time in school history.
- Mitchell is also the school’s all-time three-point leader with 314 career three-pointers and is just the fifth player in Big Ten history to surpass 300 career three-point field goals.
- Mitchell leads the Big Ten and is sixth in the country in scoring at 23.2 ppg.
- Freshman Tori McCoy has made a real impact off the bench in her first season. She is averaging eight points per game and is shooting a team-best 63.1 percent from the floor.
- Transfer Linnae Harper has recorded a pair of double-doubles on the season. She is averaging 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
- Purdue is tied for third in Big Ten play at 3-1 in the conference.
- The Boilermakers are 6-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points, and 11-1 when holding their opponent to 60 points or fewer.
- Purdue leads the conference and ranks 24th in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 55.4 ppg.
- The Boilers have held its last three opponents to a combined 11-50 (.220) from behind the 3-point line.
- Ashley Morrissette leads four Boilermakers averaging in double-figures at 14.4 ppg. She also tops the team with 77 assists and 37 steals.
- Dominique Oden is averaging 10.8 points per game while Bridget Perry checks in with 10.9 ppg and Andreona Keys is at 10.0 ppg.
- Sharon Versyp is the winningest Purdue women’s basketball head coach, earning 226 to date and 343 for her career.
Series History vs. Purdue
- Sunday’s matchup will be the 73rd meeting all-time between Ohio State and Purdue.
- The Buckeyes hold a 44-28 edge in the series.
- Ohio State has won three-straight in the series and 12 of the last 15.
- Ohio State has a slim 17-15 edge in games played between the two teams in West Lafayette.
McGuff vs. Purdue
- Head coach Kevin McGuff is 4-1 against Purdue.
- He guided the Buckeyes to a split with the Boilermakers in his first season and has since won three-straight against Purdue.
- The Buckeyes have averaged 81.6 ppg against Purdue under McGuff.
Last Year vs. Purdue
- The Buckeyes got 52 combined points from Kelsey Mitchell and Ameryst Alston and shot a season-high 58.6 percent to sink Purdue, who was previously unbeaten in Big Ten play, 90-70 on Jan. 17, 2016 in Columbus.
- Mitchell scored a game-high 27 points to go along with a season-high tying six assists and a season-high five rebounds
- Alston scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds, marking her ninth 20-plus point game of the season
- Shayla Cooper made a career-high four three-point field goals and finished with 16 points
- Ohio State shot a then season-best 58.6 percent (34-of-58) from the floor as well as a season-high 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from long range
- Ohio State closed the game with 30 points in the fourth quarter.
- The Buckeye defense forced a season-high three shot clock violations which were part of a season-high 19 turnovers for Purdue
- The Buckeye offense scored 90 points, topping Purdue’s previous high for points allowed which was 72.
Last Time in Mackey Arena
- Kelsey Mitchell scored 31 of her Mackey Arena record 37 points after halftime to lead to the Buckeyes to a 79-71 overtime victory over Purdue.
- Mitchell struggled from the floor in the first half and had just six points at the break. But she put the team on her back in the second half. At one point, the Buckeyes were in a 12-point hole and Mitchell scored 13 of the next 20 for Ohio State to give the Buckeyes a 59-58 lead with under five minutes to play.
- Ohio State led by three with under a minute to go but an Ashley Morrissette three-pointer from the corner with 47 seconds left in regulation evened the score at 64-64. After a frantic final seconds on the Purdue end didn’t lead to a make, the teams headed to overtime.
- In overtime, the Buckeyes scored the first six points and was never really threated in the extra frame.
- Mitchell made four three-pointers and was 13-of-14 from the free throw line.
- Shayla Cooper also had a solid game for the Buckeyes, finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds. Ameryst Alston added 13 points while Alexa Hart had eight points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
- Whitany Bays led the Boilermakers with 22 points and a game-high 19 rebounds.
- A 15-2 run in the second half gave Purdue its largest lead of the game at 51-39 with 11:39 to play. The Buckeyes countered with a 16-4 run, led by Mitchell, to retake the lead with five minutes to go.