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This Week in the Big Ten: Rayburn’s Record-Tying Sharpshooting Highlights Mid-Week Conference Games

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Photo Caption: Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn went off on Thursday night, leading the Boilers to a 72-55 victory over Minnesota with 38 points, including 12 three-pointers. Rayburn broke the Big Ten record for treys with her 11th of the night, then tied the all-time NCAA record set by Louisiana State’s Cornelia Gayden in 1995 for threes in a game with her 12th three-ball out of 16 attempts. Remarkably, Rayburn was just one-for-nine in three-pointers in Big Ten conference play coming into Thursday’s game. The win left the Boilers—together with Nebraska and Michigan State—tied at 4-0 atop the Big Ten Conference standings.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Purdue Athletics Communications/Andy Jessop




By Mark Bradford
Correspondent

In Thursday’s mid-week Big Ten action, Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn had the “Big Game” against Minnesota nailing 12 of her 16 attempts from beyond the arc, tying an NCAA record for most three-pointers in a game. Rayburn equaled the mark set by Louisiana State’s Cornelia Gayden in 1995. 

Elsewhere, Penn State’s Maggie Lucas scored 22 in her team’s big win over Michigan. Wisconsin had a chance to beat Nebraska, but folded at the end.

That leaves hree undefeated teams still ruling the Big Ten roost ,but all three face stern tests this weekend though all three are playing at home. The bellwether game on Saturday is in East Lansing where once beaten Ohio State will try to knock off defending regular season champion Michigan State.

Let’s take a closer look at the Big Ten midweek action, the current standings and our predictions for the upcoming games over this extended Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend.

Summing Up the Mid-Week Results: Thursday, January 12

  • Michigan 63 @ Penn State 78
  • Indiana 47 @ Michigan State 67
  • Northwestern 72 @ No. Ohio State 82
  • Nebraska 75 @ Wisconsin 69
  • Purdue 72 @ Minnesota 55

A Look Back at the Mid-Week Action

  • Michigan 63 @ Penn State 78 —- Lucas Stays Hot

    Penn State shot 55.4 percent from the field.  Maggie Lucas posted her ninth 20-point game of the season with 22. She also added five assists and three steals. Lucas has scored 55 points in her last two games Zhaque Gray totaled 15 points while Alex Bentley had 12 points. The Lady Lions outscored the Wolverines 36-24 in the paint, 14-11 off turnovers and 24-3 in fast break situations. Michigan shot only 34 percent from the field and were led by reserve Kate Thompson’s 16.

  • Indiana 47 @ Michigan State 67  ——Defense, Defense

    The Spartans used an 8-19 3-point effort and forced 23 Hoosier turnovers for the win and will stay in first place. Porsche Poole led all scorers with 16 points.  Taylor Alton and Courtney Schiffauer combined for a 5-9 effort from beyond the arc. IU shot at a reasonable 42 percent but were only one-for-six in three-point attempts. Sasha Chaplin led the Hoosiers with 13. 

  • Northwestern 72 @ Ohio State 82  —- Buckeyes’ Guard Tandem Among the Best

    The guard duo of Samantha Prahalis and Tayler Hill did it again, combining for 44 points on 16-38 from the field. Northwestern’s Dannielle Diamant held her own in the paint, scoring 23 points while Kendall Hackney added 15. The Buckeyes out-rebounded Northwestern 30-24 and also forced 17 turnovers, including nine steals.

  • Nebraska 75 @  Wisconsin 69 —-  Badgers Still Learning

    Wisconsin coach Bobbie Kelsey had her team playing well enough to win but she could not coach her charges over the hump as Nebraska came back from seven points down late in the game to win,The Badgers built a 21-11 lead 10 minutes into the game and did not wither when Nebraska forged a 48-44 lead with 14 minutes to go. Instead, Wisconsin ran off a 7-0 run to turn a 54-54 tie with 10:38 remaining into a 61-54 edge with 9:06 to go. Lindsey Moore scored 28 for coach Connie Yori’s team. Four Badgers scored in double figures, led by 20 points by Taylor Wurtz. Wisconsin outrebounded its third-straight opponent. The Badgers finished with a 36-32 advantage over the Huskers. It was just the third time this season Nebraska has been out-rebounded. Wisconsin’s tough defense held Nebraska’s leading scorer, Jordan Hooper, to a season-low 10 points, less than half of her 20.9 season average. “I don’t know if they were frustrated, but we definitely weren’t going to let (Jordan Hooper) stand out there and get 40 points,” Kelsey commented.

  • Purdue 72 @ Minnesota 55—  Rayburn Goes Crazy

    Brittany Rayburn went nuts from beyond the arc, nailing 12-of-16 attempts to lead all scorers with 38 points. She did not take a single shot inside the arc. Purdue held Minnesota to 33 percent and forced 17 turnovers.  Katie Loberg scored 18 while freshman Rachel Banham scored 11 and also pulled down ten rebounds. KK Houser added 10 points and 10 assists for the Boilermakers. “The saying is you’re throwing it in the ocean,” said Rayburn, whose 38 points are the third most in program history behind Katie Gearlds (41) and Shereka Wright (40). “It felt good every time it was coming off my hand and the basket looked huge,” Rayburn said.“I was getting open shots within the offense. My teammates were setting great screens to get me wide open. Those were easy shots to hit.”


Current Standings




As of January 15, 2012
Standing Team Conference Pct.   Overall Pct.
1. Nebraska 4-0 1.000   15-1 .938
2. Purdue 4-0 1.000   14-3 .824
3. Michigan State 4-0 1.000   12-5 .706
4. Ohio State 3-1 .750   16-1 .941
5. Michigan 2-2 .500   13-4 .765
6. Penn State 2-2 .500   12-4 .750
7. Iowa 2-2 .500   10-7 .588
8. Minnesota 2-2 .500   10-8 .556
9. Northwestern 1-3 .250   11-6 .647
10. Wisconsin 1-4 .200   5-12 .294
11. Illinois 0-4 .000   6-11 .353
12. Indiana 0-5 .000   5-13 .278

 


Source: BigTen.org/Women’s Basketball Standings

 

Coming Up Sunday, January 15


Editor’s Note: Full Court’s Big Ten correspondent Mark Bradford went 5-0 in his predictions for this Thursday night’s games and is now 20-5 (a respectable 80 percent) for the conference season.


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MINNESOTA
2-2
10-8
MICHIGAN
2-2
13-4






Both teams could use a win. The winner goes to the league’s upper division and the loser starts sinking toward the basement. Michigan ran into a very hot Penn State team Thursday and Minnesota was burned by Rayburn’s great night. Michigan is good enough to hand Ohio State its first defeat of the season while Minnesota has a bright star rising in the person of 5-9 guard Rachel Banham, who while being schooled by Purdue’s more experienced guards, also managed an amazing 10 rebounds. She averages 15 points a game scoring The tow teams are evenly matched in scoring and scoring differential. Michigan is averaging 32 percent from the field while Minnesota sits at 39. Minnesota averages 43 rebounds to Michigan’s 34.

Prediction: Home-court advantage rules here. Michigan by five.

When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, 12:00 p.m. EST, Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich. (BTN)


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IOWA
2-2
10-7

PURDUE
4-0
14-3




Purdue just keeps getting better and better while Iowa continues to “almost” win games. Sharon Versyp’s team loves its defense and has enough shooting power to light up the scoreboard. The Boilers’ weakness inside will be exploited by the Hawkeyes’ 6-5 junior center Morgan Johnson who, in a year when inside power is at a premium, may be the best post in the Big Ten, or at least near the top. Of course, Jaime Printy is not chopped liver either.

Mentally, Purdue is strong. Their brain cramp at Central Michigan is now in the rear-view mirror. Purdue’s two other losses were at the hands of the top two teams in the nation.

Prediction: Look for Purdue to win by five.

When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EST, Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind. (BTN)

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NR/No. 25 PENN STATE
2-2
12-4

No. 15/23 NEBRASKA
4-0
15-1



Coquese Washington has to be wondering if the schedule ever gets any easier in the Big Ten. They lost their season opener at home to Nebraska barely two weeks ago and so the two teams know each other.
A Lady Lion win will toss the league lead into a potential uproar but a loss will create a long road for the team to some back. Both teams are scoring at a 76-point per game clip so expect a quick tempo. Penn State is second in the conference at field goal percentage (44 percent) and opponents are shooting only at a 32 percent clip. Nebraska shoots at 41 percent while allowing 35 percent. Penn State leads the league in 3-point efficiency but Nebraska isn’t far behind and the two teams are 1-2 in rebounding.

Prediction: It all adds up to a heckuva great game that the home team will win. Nebraska by three.

When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, 3:05 p.m. EST/2:05 p.m. CST, Devaney Center, Lincoln, Neb. (BTN.com)

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No. 11/13 OHIO STATE
3-1
16-1
MICHIGAN STATE
4-0
12-5



 

Not much to say about this one. It should be a great game. Can Michigan State slow down the tempo and maintain its ball handling composure against the quickest pair of guards in the league (Samantha Prahalis and Tayler Hill)? Last week OSU coach, Jim Foster said his inside players had to step up their game but they practically disappeared in their home win over Northwestern. Michigan State averages three more rebounds a game than OSU. The Buckeyes lead the league in scoring average with a 78 ppg, but MSU is third in defense, allowing only 57.


Prediction: Look for a barnburner. OSU just has too much talent. OSU by three.

When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, 5:00 p.m. EST, Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich. (ESPN2)

Coming Up Monday, January 16


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ILLINOIS
0-4
6-11
NORTHWESTERN
1-3
11-6



 

Fighting Illini coach Jolette Law’s team just needs a win to let them know they can. Their last three games have been nailbiters and this date at Northwestern may prove just the thing. Northwestern appears to still be elarning how to play with each other.there is a reason both of these teams will probably wnd up near the basement on the league.

Prediction: In another close game, go with the home court advantage. Wildcats by one.

When: Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m. EST/6:30 p.m. CST, Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill. (BTN)

Originally published Sun, January 15, 2012


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Week: February 7, 2012
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1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
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10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
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(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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