No. 16 Huskers Head to No. 15 Purdue to Battle For Big Ten Lead

By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations
By: Courtesy: NU Media Relations

The No. 16 Nebraska women's basketball team travels to West Lafayette, Ind., for its first-ever meeting with No. 15 Purdue on Thursday night, as the two teams battle for the top spot in the Big Ten Conference standings.

Tip-off between the Huskers (18-3, 7-2 Big Ten) and the Boilermakers (18-4, 8-1 Big Ten) at Mackey Arena is set for 6 p.m. (central) with live radio coverage provided by the Husker Sports Network. Matt Coatney and Jeff Griesch will be on the call with flagships B107.3 FM in Lincoln and The Wolf 93.3 FM in Omaha as part of Nebraska's 25-station radio network. Free live audio is also available worldwide on A live premium video stream also will be available through All-Access.

Nebraska heads to Purdue with a three-game winning streak following its 67-47 road win at Illinois on Sunday. The Huskers never trailed against the Fighting Illini on the way to fourth their Big Ten road win. Nebraska is 7-2 overall on the road this season with their only losses to current top-25 teams Ohio State and Georgia Tech.

While the Huskers have been solid on the road, the Boilermakers have been tough at home, running to an 11-1 mark at Mackey Arena, including a perfect 4-0 Big Ten home record. However, Purdue is coming off its first Big Ten setback with a 59-42 loss at Iowa Saturday. NU swept the regular-season series with the Hawkeyes.

Purdue is one of the traditional national powers in Big Ten women's basketball, as the Boilermakers have earned trips to 21 of the last 23 NCAA tournaments, including a second-round bid in 2011. Purdue won the 1999 NCAA title and has advanced to three NCAA Women's Final Fours (1994, 1999, 2001) and 12 NCAA Sweet Sixteens.

Jordan Hooper (19.7 ppg, 9.5 rpg), Lindsey Moore (16.0 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.3 spg) and Emily Cady (10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg) lead a balanced Nebraska offense to Purdue. Hooper, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Alliance, Neb., is a top contender for Big Ten Player-of-the-Year honors. She leads the Big Ten in rebounding while ranking third in scoring. She also leads the Big Ten with 10 double-doubles on the year.

Moore, a 5-9 junior point guard from Covington, Wash., ranks among the top six players in the Big Ten in scoring, assists and steals. She is a leading contender for All-Big Ten honors. Cady, a 6-2 freshman forward from Seward, Neb., has increased her productivity throughout the season and is averaging 13.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in conference play to rank as a top contender for Big Ten All-Freshman accolades this season.

Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations

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