Postgame Notes - Purdue vs. Georgia Tech
This is the first-ever meeting between Purdue and Georgia Tech. It marks the first time that fourth-year Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph has faced her alma mater. She was a 1992 Purdue graduate.
Purdue is making its 18th overall and 14th straight NCAA tournament appearance, and now own a 37-16 record in NCAA tournament play. Purdue is now 11-6 in its NCAA second-round games. Purdue is 3-1 all-time against No. 7 seeds.
Purdue is 4-3 all-time against ACC teams in the NCAA tournament, and 2-0 against ACC teams in 2006-07.
Georgia Tech is 1-1 against Big Ten teams this season; the Yellow Jackets topped Northwestern 82-68 on Dec. 18. Georgia Tech is 4-3 against Big Ten opponents all-time, and Joseph is 1-1 in games against her former conference.
Purdue is 2-1 in its Monday games this season, while Georgia Tech is 3-3.
This is the first-ever NCAA second-round game for Georgia Tech in its third NCAA tournament appearance, and first appearance since 2003.
Purdue, a member of the Big Ten Conference along with Minnesota, has a 16-10 all-time record in games played in Minnesota. It is the third time the Boilermakers have played at Williams Arena this season; they topped Minnesota 58-55 in Minneapolis Feb. 1.
Georgia Tech is now 4-1 all-time in games played in Minnesota.
With the win, Purdue has reached the 30-win plateau for the third time in school history and first since the 2000-01 season, when the Boilermakers were national runners-up with a 31-7 record. Purdue was 34-1 in its national championship season of 1998-99.
Purdue is the winningest Big Ten team in postseason play. Since 1989, the Boilermakers are 62-23 in postseason games - 25-7 in Big Ten Tournament play and 37-16 in NCAA Tournament play.
Georgia Tech's 21-12 finish marks the most wins in its Division I history and the second-most wins in the history of the program; the Yellow Jackets went 23-4 as a Division III team in 1977-78.
Georgia Tech finished the season 7-9 in games away from home this season - 6-6 at "away" games and 1-3 in neutral-site games.
With 26 points, Purdue's Katie Gearlds recorded her 100th career game in double figures, and 31st game this season. She is the 13th player in Purdue history to record 100 or more games in double figures. This is the 17th time this season and 30th time in her career that Gearlds has scored 20 or more points. It is Gearlds' ninth straight game scoring in double figures.
With 18 points, Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton reached double figures for the 29th time this season and 62nd time in her career. She also recorded 10 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season and 12th of her career. With a blocked shot at the 17:47 mark of the first half, Wisdom-Hylton set the school's career blocking record, breaking the old mark of 220 set by Stacey Lovelace (1993-96). Wisdom-Hylton now has 223 blocked shots, including a single-season 105 during this campaign. It is the 10th time this season that Wisdom-Hylton has recorded four or more blocks in a game.
With 14 points, Purdue's FahKara Malone reached double figures for the 16th time this season.
With 4 steals, Georgia Tech's Jacqua Williams set a single-season record of 95, breaking the old mark of 92, set by Kisha Ford in the 1991-92 season.
With a game-high 27 points, Georgia Tech's Stephanie Higgs reached double figures for the 25th time, and reached 20 or more points for the eighth time.
With 16 points, Georgia Tech's Janie Mitchell reached double figures for the 23rd time this season; and with 12 points, Chioma Nnamaka reached double figures for the 25th time.
Purdue finished the game shooting 57.1 percent (24-of-42) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from three-point range; Georgia Tech shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the field and 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from three-point range. The Boilermakers also outrebounded the Yellowjackets by a 34-30 margin.
Purdue's starting lineup of Malone, Howell, Gearlds, Wisdom-Hylton and Lawless is 30-4 this season, and have used this lineup in 34 of its 35 games this season.
Purdue jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the first 6:51 of play, and eventually led by as many as 24 points (47-23 with 1:17 left in the first half). The Boilermakers led 49-29 at halftime. Purdue shot 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the field and 75.0 percent (6-of-8) from three-point range in the first half. Georgia Tech shot 40 percent (12-of-30) from the field, but just 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) from three-point range in the first half.
Purdue's 79.2-percent field-goal shooting effort in the first half was the best this season, eclipsing a 66.7 percent (16-of-24) effort against Washington on Nov. 17.
Three Boilermakers scored in double-figures in the first half - Katie Gearlds had 18 points, Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton scored 10 points with four blocked shots, and FahKara Malone had 10 points. Stephanie Higgs was the lone Yellow Jacket to score in double figures in the first half, with 11 points.
The 49 points scored in the first half is Purdue's most this season, and ties the most in any half this year. The last time the Boilermakers scored more than 49 points in a first half was 56 against Western Michigan on Dec. 1, 2005 (98-58 win).
The 20-point halftime margin was the fourth-largest of the year for Purdue; the largest was 28 against Northwestern (41-13), en route to a 72-30 win on Jan. 25.
The 20-point halftime deficit was also the most this year for Georgia Tech.
The 49 points allowed in the first half by Georgia Tech is the most allowed by the Yellow Jackets in any half this season.
Purdue is now 28-3 when leading at halftime, while Georgia Tech is 1-10 when trailing at halftime.
March 20, 2007