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Women's Basketball Travels To Purdue For Sunday Afternoon Contest

Dec. 1, 2007

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -

Southeast Missouri State (4-3)
at Purdue (2-4)
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 - 1 p.m. (CT)
Mackey Arena (14,123) - West Lafayette, Ind.
Series History: First Meeting
Ishee vs. Purdue: First Meeting
Radio: KGIR/ESPN 1220 AM -
Todd Bonacki (PBP), Corey Miggins (Color)

TIP-OFF:
Southeast Missouri State women's basketball heads to the state of Indiana for the first time in over six years as it will battle Purdue of the Big Ten Conference in a Sunday afternoon showdown at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette starting at 1 p.m., central time. This will be the final non-conference road game of the season for the Redhawks.

SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS:
Southeast brings a 4-3 record into Sunday's game at Purdue and has dropped its last three contests since opening the season with a 4-0 mark. The Redhawks opened the week with an 81-51 loss to No. 10 Baylor at the Show Me Center in their first home game in nine days. Southeast is paced by junior guard/forward Sonya Daugherty, who has produced averages of 15.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. Senior forward/center Missy Whitney is averaging 13.6 points a game in addition to ranking tying for the team's rebounding lead at 6.1 caroms a game. Whitney has also posted a team-leading 1.8 blocks per contest and has connected on 49 percent of her shots from the field.

SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS:
Purdue enters Sunday's home contest with the Redhawks sporting a 2-4 season record and has lost its last four games. Earlier this week, the Boilermakers dropped a 90-72 decision on the road to North Carolina as part of the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Junior forward Lakisha Freeman leads Purdue in scoring with an average of 13.7 points per game, while junior center Danielle Campbell has produced averages of 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds a game. Sophomore guard FahKara Malone is the team's leader in both assists (3.5 apg) and steals (2.3 bpg). Second-year head coach Sharon Versyp is currently in her second season at Purdue and has tallied a 150-75 career coaching record that includes a 33-10 mark at her alma mater with a Big Ten tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight last season.

SERIES HISTORY:
This is the first-ever meeting between Southeast and Purdue on the hardwood.

HOOSIER HOMECOMING:
Senior guard and Indiana native Ashley Lovelady will make her first appearance in her home state as a collegiate player against Purdue. The 5-7 Lovelady was a four-time First Team all-conference honoree at Elkhart Memorial High School in Elkhart, Ind., where she led the team to a sectional championship in her senior season in which she averaged 12.3 points and three assists a game. Lovelady is averaging 5.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and a team-leading 2.6 assists per contest.

THE ST. LOUIS SCORING MACHINE:
Junior Sonya Daugherty continues to be a strong scoring presence for Southeast this season. Daugherty has averaged 16.3 points per game over the last three contests which included a 12-point performance Thursday night against No. 10 Baylor. She ranks fifth among the Ohio Valley Conference's scoring leaders at an average of 15.7 points a game.

NIXON NEARING TOP FIVE ON SOUTHEAST'S CAREER THREE-POINTERS LIST:
Junior Tarina Nixon has continued to make her climb the ranks for Southeast's career made three- pointers list. The 5-6 native of Gilbert, Ariz., ranks sixth in school history with 92 treys and is now one shy from equaling the fifth-place total of 93 that is held by Yashika Sidbury (2002-04). She drained a season-best three three-pointers Thursday night against No. 10 Baylor.

UP NEXT:
The Redhawks open their 2007-08 Ohio Valley Conference slate on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Show Me Center against Tennessee State with the tip-off set for 5 p.m.

 
 

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