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Purdue (12-8/3-3) at Michigan State (13-6/3-3)
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 / 5 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network
Breslin Center (14,759) / East Lansing, Mich.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team looks to get back on track Sunday, heading to East Lansing, Michigan, for its second meeting of the season with Michigan State. The Boilermakers won the first matchup with the Spartans, snapping a four-game slide in the all-time series with a 66-54 victory at Mackey Arena on Jan. 4.
The Boilermaker seniors did the heavy lifting in the victory over the Spartans as Ashley Morrissette posted 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Bridget Perry totaled 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. More support came from sophomore Dominique McBryde and junior Andreona Keys as McBryde finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two steals, and Keys added nine points, five assists and three steals in the win.
Purdue forced Michigan State into 20 turnovers, while holding the Spartans to 4-of-21 from behind the 3-point line, including an 0-for-11 clip in the second half. The Boilermakers also took full advantage of the charity striple, draining 17-of-21 at the free throw line.
Both Purdue and Michigan State have lost their last two conference outings with the Boilermakers falling to Ohio State and at Indiana, while the Spartans dropped contests at Rutgers and Northwestern. Michigan State is 8-1 at the Breslin Center this season, including all three of their conference wins so far.
Sunday's game will tip at 5 p.m. ET, airing live on the Big Ten Network.
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers dropped their second straight Thursday, falling at Indiana 74-60
IU became just the second Purdue opponent to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor this season (Stanford), knocking down 30-of-60, including 9-of-12 in the fourth quarter
The Boilermakers grabbed a season-low five offensive rebounds, and finished with 29 boards for the game
Purdue also matched a season-low with eight assists against 16 turnovers
HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
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 226 to date and 343 for her career, and second in program history in Big Ten Conference wins with 104
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 is tied for fifth in Big Ten play at 3-3, even with Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa and Illinois
The Boilermakers are 6-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points, and 11-1 when holding their opponent to 60 points or fewer
Purdue leads the conference and ranks 28th in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 56.7 ppg
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten and rank 19th nationally in fewest fouls, committing just 14.2 per contest
Purdue also holds top-50 NCAA rankings in field goal percentage defense (.364), turnovers per game (13.5), blocked shots per game (4.8) and assist-turnover ratio (1.16)
The Boilermakers have held their last three opponents to zero fast break points and have surrendered six total over the last five games, including four to the Spartans in their last meeting
Ashley Morrissette's 53 career double-figure scoring efforts, including five straight and nine of the last 10, are 25th in program history, passing Sue Bartz and Rhonda Mateen
Dominique McBryde has matched a career-high on the boards in two straight games, grabbing 11 against Ohio State and Indiana
McBryde played high school basketball at Bedford North Lawrence with Michigan State sophomore Jenna Allen, winning back-to-back Indiana 4A State titles in 2013 and 2014
Dominique Oden is the first freshman starter for the Boilermakers since Courtney Moses in 2010-11
Michigan State heads into Sunday at 13-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play, having lost their last two Big Ten games
The Spartans lead the conference in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to .365 from the field
MSU senior Tori Jankoska ranks second in the conference and seventh in the nation at 22.7 points per game, but was held to just 16 in the last meeting with the Boilermakers
Jankoska also ranks seventh in the NCAA in 3-point field goals per game and 13th in free throw percentage
Sunday's game is just third in the last 13 meetings between Purdue and Michigan State in which neither team is ranked
Purdue last won in East Lansing in 2013, as the No. 13 Boilermakers earned a 67-62 overtime victory over the 25th-ranked Spartans