WBB Hosts Pink Zone, Alumnae Day
Jan. 26, 2018

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Penn State (13-8/4-4 B1G) at Purdue (13-8/4-3 B1G)
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 / 12 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's basketball hosts two of its most important events of the year Sunday, holding its annual Pink Zone cancer fundraiser and welcoming home Boilermakers of the past for Alumnae Day. The Boilermakers will be wearing their pink uniforms to support cancer awareness, and the jerseys will be auctioned off to the public with all proceeds going to the Community Cancer Network. In addition Purdue will honor Boilermaker legend Ukari Figgs with an iconic bobblehead figurine, giving one to the first 2,000 fans.

GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS
• The Boilermakers will be auctioning off Sunday's uniforms to raise funds for the Community Cancer Network
• Bidding starts when the gates open at 11 a.m. ET, and continues until the start of the third quarter
• The first 2,000 fans to arrive Sunday will receive a free Ukari Figgs bobblehead figurine
• Fans in the lower bowl will have a free Pink Zone t-shirt on their seat, which we ask them to wear for the game
• All Boilermaker Kids Club members can receive one free ticket to Sunday's game
• A Boilerpalooza kids carnival will be available from 11 a.m. to noon in Cardinal Court
• We invite all cancer survivors in attendance to participate in a halftime on-court recognition, if interested please meet at the Fan Zone outside section 18 with five minutes remaining in the second quarter


 

 

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue saw a three-game win streak snapped at Nebraska on Wednesday, falling to the Huskers 75-51
• The Boilermakers had early foul trouble with sophomores Dominique Oden and Ae'Rianna Harris, and committed 21 turnovers, resulting in 20 Nebraska points off turnovers
• The Cornhuskers took 12 more shots than the Boilermakers and shot 48.3 percent from the field
• Purdue forced a season-low nine turnovers, but still managed 12 points off of them
• Nebraska also converted eight offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points
• The loss was just the Boilermakers' second of the season when Oden scored in double figures, finishing with a team-best 16

HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
• Versyp is in her 18th season as a head coach and 12th on the Boilermaker sidelines, making her the longest tenured head coach in program history
• Her 250 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and she is five conference wins shy of matching Lin Dunn for the most Big Ten victories at Purdue
• Purdue has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 9-of-11 seasons under Versyp, including each of the last two seasons, making the Boilermakers 1-of-23 programs in the country to accomplish the feat during the time frame
• The Boilermakers are 13-6 against Penn State in Versyp's tenure

#BOILERNOTES
• The Boilermakers are 7-3 all-time in their annual home Pink Zone game, including a 1-1 record against Penn State
• Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten and No. 9 in the NCAA in attendance this season, averaging 5,843 fans per game
• With wins over No. 21 Rutgers and No. 18 Iowa, the Boilermakers have now beaten a ranked opponent in 25 straight seasons, and own at least two wins over ranked opponents in 21 of those
• Purdue has held two Big Ten opponents under the 40-point mark this season, and is second conference play in scoring defense at 57.6 points per game
• The Boilermakers are now third in the conference in scoring defense on the season, holding teams to 60.6 points per game
• Purdue is second in the Big Ten and No. 24 in the NCAA at the free throw line, hitting 76.0 percent on the year, and is second in conference play with an 79.6 percent conversion rate at the stripe
• Oden is one 3-pointer shy of becoming the fourth player in program history to hit at least 40 3's in each of her first two seasons, joining Courtney Moses, Brittany Rayburn and Katie Gearlds
• Sophomore Ae'Rianna Harris has extended her sophomore season blocked shots record to 66, good for fifth-most in the NCAA, and tied for fourth-most on Purdue's single-season record list
• Senior Andreona Keys is three assists shy of 300 for her career, looking to become the 16th player in program history to hit the mark
• Keys has stuffed the stat sheet in the pink uniform during her career, averaging 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals in the Pink Zone games
• Rookie Karissa McLaughlin is already seventh on Purdue's freshman record list with 38 3's this season

OPPONENT NOTES
• The Lady Lions come to Mackey Arena with a matching 13-8 overall record and 4-4 mark in conference play after defeating Illinois last time out 68-59
• Penn State has shot the most free throws of any team in the Big Ten (21 per game), making the seventh-most in the NCAA this season (318)
• Junior Teniya Page returned to the Lady Lions' lineup after missing the first five games of the season, and is their leading scorer at 17.8 points per game
• Sophomore Amari Carter leads the Big Ten and ranks 18th in the country with 56 steals on the season
• Page and Carter are ranked sixth and 10th in scoring during conference play
• Purdue holds a 30-20 all-time advantage over Penn State, including a 15-7 mark in Mackey Arena
• The Boilermakers have won three of the last four against the Lady Lions, despite dropping a 79-73 contest in Happy Valley last season
• In last year's tilt at Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers posted a 64-51 victory behind 17 points and seven rebounds from Oden; 1-of-4 Boilermakers in double figures
• The Boilermakers opened up a 19-8 first-quarter advantage and maintained it the rest of the way, leading by as many as 25 at one point
• In the road game at Penn State last year, Purdue committed a season-high 25 fouls, sending the Lady Lions to the free throw line 34 times, converting 27 in the win, including 22-of-28 in the second half
• Keys had a double-double in the loss with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Oden scored 15, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point range

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