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Purdue (13-8/4-3) vs. Nebraska (5-15/1-7)
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 / 6 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a two-game road split last week, falling at Indiana and earning its first win since 2013 at Michigan State, the Purdue women's basketball team returns home to Mackey Arena to host Nebraska at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Boilermakers head into the game tied for fifth in Big Ten at 4-3, while the Cornhuskers are 13th in the conference at 1-7.
Purdue's young rivalry with Nebraska has already provided some special moments, including three overtime contests and two Big Ten Tournament matchups. The Boilermakers hold a 6-3 edge in the series, which began in 2012, however each side of the matchup owns a winning record on the other team's floor. Purdue has won three-of-four contests in Lincoln, Nebraska, while the Cornhuskers have won two of three in Mackey.
The first-ever meeting between the two sides was one for the ages as No. 15 Purdue and 16th-ranked Nebraska went to three overtime periods before the Cornhuskers escaped with a 93-89 victory. The game was the first triple-overtime contest in Purdue women's basketball history, and the first of three-straight overtime games in the series. Purdue earned a 74-70 double-overtime win in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament Championship game, and then escaped with a 69-66 overtime win at Nebraska in 2013.
Thursday's meeting starts a new chapter in the rivalry as first-year coach Amy Williams takes the reigns for Nebraska. Williams and Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp are the only two coaches in the Big Ten leading their respectively alma maters as Williams took over the Huskers' top spot last summer after a successful run at South Dakota.
Purdue faculty and staff will receive free admission to Thursday's game, and the first 1,000 fans at Mackey Arena will receive a free T-shirt as part of a "White Out" promotion. Fans are encouraged to fill the stands with their favorite white Purdue gear in support of the Boilermakers.
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers snapped a two-game slide Sunday with a 76-66 victory at Michigan State
The win is the first for Purdue in East Lansing since 2013 and gave the Boilermakers their first regular-season sweep over the Spartans since 2003-04
Purdue made a season-best 59.2 percent from the floor (29-49), and a season-best 86.7 percent at the free throw line (13-15)
The Boilermakers scored a season-most 22 fast break points and outscored MSU in the paint 32-28
The Purdue reserves combined for 19 points, its most since scoring 22 vs. Colgate on Dec. 4, hitting 7-of-8 shots, 4-of-4 free throws, in addition to seven rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals
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 227 to date and 344 for her career, and second in program history in Big Ten Conference wins with 105
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 4-3, even with Iowa and Indiana
The Boilermakers are 7-0 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 32nd in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 57.1 ppg
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten and rank 17th nationally in fewest fouls, committing just 14.1 per contest
With 5.0 blocks per game the Boilermakers rank third in the Big Ten and 37th nationally
Purdue is the Big Ten Conference leader and ranks ninth nationally in average attendance, hosting 5,837 fans per game at Mackey Arena
Over the last four games the Boilermakers are outscoring opponents 50-to-9 on the fast break
Ashley Morrissette is now 1-of-12 players in program history with multiple 30-point games in their career, and the first Boilermaker to score 30 twice in the same season since Katie Gearlds in 2006-07
Her 31-point, seven-assist outing at Michigan State makes her 1-of-3 players in the Big Ten this season to score at least 30 and dish out at least seven assists in a game (Jankoska, MSU & K. Mitchell, OSU)
Dominique Oden currently owns the eighth-best scoring average by a Purdue freshman in program history, posting 10.5 points per game and sitting just behind Stephanie White (10.8) and Katie Gearlds (10.6) on the list
Ae'Rianna Harris' 1.9 blocks per game average is tied for best all-time for a Purdue freshman behind assistant coach Lindsey Wisdom-Hylton, who rejected 1.9 per game (56 total) in 2004-05
Nebraska comes to West Lafayette at 5-15 overall and 1-7 in conference play, having lost three straight, including an 81-54 defeat vs. Michigan on Sunday
Purdue leads the all-time series against Nebraska, 6-3, but the Cornhuskers own a 2-1 mark in Mackey Arena
Nebraska is led by sophomore Jessica Shepard, who enters Thursday averaging 18.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, good for ninth and fourth, respectively, in the conference
Shepard is second in the Big Ten and 19th in the NCAA with 10 double-doubles this season, and averages the eighth-most defensive boards in the country with 8.0 per game