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Purdue (9-6/0-1) vs. Michigan State (11-3/1-0)
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 / 6 p.m. ET / BTN Plus
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team returns home to Mackey Arena on Wednesday, hosting Michigan State in Big Ten Conference play at 6 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers have relied on the sanctity of their home floor in their 42-year history, including a 215-74 Big Ten Conference record in West Lafayette, and look to continue building on it this week.
The Boilermakers own a 426-140 all-time mark in Mackey Arena, including a 120-44 record under head coach Sharon Versyp. Wednesday marks Versyp’s 350th game as Purdue’s head coach and she’ll look for her 60th Big Ten victory on the Boilermakers’ home floor.
Wednesday also serves as the Boilermakers’ 2016-17 Big Ten Conference home opener, holding a 23-11 record on their first conference game of the season in Mackey. Michigan State has served as the Boilermakers’ first home opponent of the Big Ten calendar three times in program history, with Purdue holding a 2-1 all-time advantage, but falling in the last such meeting, 68-62 in overtime.
This week’s game is the first Why Wait Wednesday of the season for the Old Gold and Black, and will award free Purdue T-shirts to the first 500 fans in attendance. In addition, the first 2,000 fans will receive a free foam hammer as Purdue attempts to hammer down the Spartans.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Boilermakers dropped their Big Ten Conference opener for just the third time under head coach Sharon Versyp, falling at Northwestern 76-60
• Northwestern’s 76 points are the second-most surrendered by the Boilermakers this season
• Purdue committed a season-most 20 turnovers, resulting in 23 points for the Wildcats
• The Boilermakers fell for just the second time this season when outrebounding their opponent (37-33)
• Purdue scored 26 points in the paint, marking the fourth game this season they’ve failed to break the 30-point mark, falling to 1-3 when scoring less than 30 in the paint and 1-4 when being outscored in the paint
HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
• Wednesday is Versyp’s 350th game as the Boilermakers’ head coach
• In her 11th year as the Boilermakers’ head coach, giving her the longest tenure of any coach in program history
• Winningest Purdue women’s basketball head coach, earning 223 to date and 340 for her career, and second in program history in Big Ten Conference wins with 101
• Purdue’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances under Versyp are the most under any head coach in program history
• Starred for the Boilermakers from 1985-88, scoring the 13th-most points in program history and was the fourth-fastest player at Purdue to reach 1,000-career points (77 games)
• One-of-2 Big Ten head coaches to lead her alma mater (Amy Williams, Nebraska)
• One-of-2 former Boilermakers to serve as a head coach for a Big Ten team (Teri Moren, Indiana)
• Purdue aims to snap a four-game slide against the Spartans, last winning in the championship game of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament 62-47
• The Boilermakers are 5-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points
• Purdue is 8-2 on the year when winning the rebounding battle, averaging a +10.4 margin in wins vs. a -0.5 gap in losses
• The Boilermakers remain second in the conference and 31st in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 55.7 points per game
• Purdue is 23-11 all-time in Big Ten home openers winning by an average of 10.3 points per game, including a 6-4 mark under head coach Sharon Versyp
• The Boilermakers last faced Michigan State in a conference home opener in 2009, falling in overtime on New Year’s Day to the Spartans 68-62
• Purdue is 2-1 all-time against the Spartans in Big Ten home openers, winning in 1998 and 1986
• Michigan State enters Wednesday’s game at 11-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play after a 71-47 victory over Illinois on Sunday
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Michigan State 38-31, including a 22-8 mark in Mackey Arena, but the Spartans have won the last four meetings
• Michigan State is led by preseason All-Big Ten standout Tori Jankoska, who enters Wednesday averaging 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game
• Jankoska ranks 10th nationally and second in the Big Ten in scoring and is in the top 10 in the conference in rebounding (seventh) and assists (fifth)
• The Spartans feature three players from Indiana, including sophomore Jenna Allen who was high school teammates with Purdue sophomore Dominique McBryde