Purdue’s women’s basketball team returns to action on New Year’s Day after the best start to the new year in four seasons.
The Boilermakers (10-3, 1-2) have only won half a game since they were 10-4 at the turn of the season. The 2021-22 Boilermakers finished 17-15 after losing their Big Ten record (7-11).
But if Purdue wants to improve from last season, they need to beat Sunday’s opponent Wisconsin (4-10, 0-3).
Last season, Purdue lost two to the Badgers, 54-52 in Madison and 63-62 in West Lafayette. The Wisconsin team finished 8-21 with a conference record of 5-13.
The Badger team struggled quite a bit this year. In his first three conference losses to Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois in Madison, they trailed him by 75 points.
Four of Wisconsin’s top scorers this season have averaged over 30 minutes per game, but Purdue has 6-1 junior guard Madison Layden (31.1 minutes per game) and 5-11. Losing senior guard Jeanne Terry (31.5 mpg) is just two. ).
Three of the four Badgers have averaged double figures, led by senior guard Julie Pospisilova (13.7 points per game) from Prague, Czech Republic. She also leads the team in total rebounds (69), assists (57), turnovers (44) and steals (22).
The other two who have played more than 30 minutes and have double-digit numbers are 5-10 redshirt freshman guard Matty Wilke (13.1 points per game) and 6-0 juniors. Brooke Schramek (10.6 ppg), the guard. The last player to average 10 or more points per game is 6-4 forward Serra Williams (averaging 11.6 points), averaging 21.1 minutes per game.
Pospisilova, Wilke and 5-6 senior guard Avery Lavarbera make up the majority of the team’s 3-point shots. Pospisilova is 28 out of her 73, 38.4%. Wilke is 25 of her 75, 33.3%, and LaBarbera is 18 of her 58, 31.0%.
Three double-digit scorers for Purdue – 6-0 senior guard Rasha Petrie (18.2 points), 5-6 senior guard Abby Ellis (11.3 points), and 6-2 senior forward Caitlin Harper ( 10.8 points), all averaging 30 minute games.
In 14 games this season, Wisconsin shot 42.5% from the field, with 32.9% from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Purdue’s shooting percentage is 48.0% from the field and from distance he has 34.3%. Purdue has a +2.3 rebound advantage per game over their opponents, compared to Wisconsin’s -2.9.
The Boilers have beaten Illinois and Texas A&M, lost to Iowa, won two of their last three games, Wisconsin lost four of their last five, and beat Minnesota’s St. Thomas just once.
The two teams have three common opponents this season: Florida, Illinois and Iowa.
Wisconsin lost all three by a total margin of 61 points. Purdue beat Florida and Illinois, but he lost 83-68 to Iowa on Thursday. The Badgers lost to Iowa on December 4 in Madison, where he lost 102–71.
Sunday’s 1:00pm match will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network.