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Women's Basketball Travels To Purdue For Sunday Afternoon Contest

Dec. 1, 2007

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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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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