No. 8/8 Purdue and No. 16/16 Michigan State to Battle Thursday on Comcast

Jan. 26, 2006

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, along with Comcast Local Detroit, will air Thursday night's highlighted Big Ten women's basketball matchup between No. 16/16 Michigan State and No. 8/8 Purdue at 8 p.m. ET, in West Lafayette, Ind.

Dave Eanet will handle play-by-play duties, while Suzie McConnell Serio will serve as analyst. Chris Boden, new to the broadcast team, will serve as sideline reporter.

The Boilermakers are 15-2 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten. Purdue has won 11 in a row, most recently at Illinois on Jan. 22, where sophomore Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 14 points in the victory. Junior Katie Gearlds is averaging 13.8 points per game to lead Purdue, while senior Aya Traore (12.2), and junior Erin Lawless (10.2) also are averaging in double figures for head coach Kristy Curry. The Boilermakers are 6-0 at home this season. Michigan State is 14-6 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten.

The Spartans are coming off a heartbreaking last-second 67-65 loss at home to No. 7/7 Ohio State.  Liz Shimek led the Spartans with 18 points in the loss.  Shimek is averaging 18.9 points per game to lead Michigan State, the defending Big Ten co-champion and NCAA runner-up. Lindsay Bowen (13.8) and Victoria Lucas-Perry (10.7) also are averaging in double-figures for head coach Joanne P. McCallie. The Spartans are 3-3 on the road this year.

Exactly one year ago on Jan. 26, 2005, the Boilermakers and Spartans met in East Lansing for their lone contest of the year. Michigan State walked away the victor with a 71-58 win on its home floor. Purdue, however, leads the all-time series with Michigan State, 30-18. In fact, the Spartans have not won in Mackey Arena in their last 14 tries, with their last win coming on Jan. 10, 1988.