HAMMOND, Ind. -- The No. 16 Purdue University Calumet women's basketball team will look to end the regular season on a high note as the Peregrines travel to Trinity Christian College to take on the Trolls Wednesday.
The Peregrines (21-7, 12-6 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) will take on the Trolls (2-25, 1-16) at the Trinity Athletics and Recreation Complex starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Purdue Calumet currently stands 21-7 overall and 12-6 in the CCAC, sitting in third place in the South Division behind No. 7 Olivet Nazarene (15-2) and No. 2 St. Francis (15-2). The Peregrines stand sixth in the overall standings but have played one extra game of the five teams in front of of them.
The overall top eight teams make the CCAC Tournament, with quarterfinals set for Feb. 23. Seeds 1-4 will host those games at individual sites.
LAST TIME OUT
The Peregrines are coming off a 70-61 victory against Holy Cross College, Feb. 13. Cassidy Deno (Otterbein, Ind./Benton Central) led the Peregrines with 29 points. Katie Wampler (Scottsburg, Ind./Scottsburg) picked up her third double-double with this season, scoring 22 points and pulling down 11 boards.
SCOUTING THE TROLLS
The Trinity Christian Trolls are 2-25 and 1-16 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Trolls are coming off a 63-53 non-conference loss against Viterbo University on Feb. 13. TCC is led by Bethany Jansma, who averages 11.6 points per game.
The Peregrines are 29-16 all-time vs Trolls. Head Coach Tom Megyesi is 16-3 all-time versus the Trolls, including a win earlier this season, 75-51 on Jan. 13. Cassidy Deno led the Peregrines with 22 points, Darien Thompson (Anderson, Ind./Anderson) scored 12 points, Katie Wampler added 11 points in the victory.
GETTING TO THE LINE
The Peregrines have proven that the free-throw line is key, as Purdue Calumet leads the CCAC in both free-throw makes (332) and attempts (445). Purdue Calumet takes advantage of its time at the charity stripe too, shooting 74.6 percent in conference play, which stands first, just ahead of St. Ambrose (74.3 percent) and St. Xavier (74.2 percent). The next closest team in attempts is the NAIA’s scoring leader Olivet Nazarene at 383. Cassidy Deno leads the Peregrines with 139 attempts this season, making 120 (86.3 percent).
DENO'S OFFENSIVE CHARGE
Cassidy Deno has stepped up to the plate offensively in the last six games, as the junior guard is averaging a blistering 26.8 points per contest over that stretch. She had her best night in a loss at No. 3 Olivet Nazarene Feb. 3, when she poured in a career-high 39 points in the setback. The 39-point effort was the second-highest scoring output since single game records were kept in 2010, just short of Alex Starr’s 45-point effort during the 2012-13 season. Deno was named the CCAC’s Player of the Week Feb. 16, her second weekly honor of the season.
Junior sharpshooter Cassidy Deno leads the Peregrines in scoring at 18.7 points per game, while, Darien Thompson (11.3 ppg), and Katie Wampler (11.3 ppg) add double-figure scoring averages. Senior Patrice McBee (6.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg) rounds out the Peregrine leaders after joining the 1000-point club against USF on Jan. 5.
Live stats and live video will be provided by TCC at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/tcc/.