WBB Aims to Keep Home Win Streak Alive
Feb. 7, 2018

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Minnesota (17-6/6-4 B1G) at Purdue (16-8/7-3 B1G)
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 / 7 p.m. ET / BTN+
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team puts its seven-game home win streak on the line again Thursday, hosting Minnesota for a 7 p.m. ET tip at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers have won six of their last seven games overall, and have climbed all the way to fourth in the Big Ten Standings. Purdue is a half-game behind Ohio State and Nebraska, who sit tied for second at 8-3, and two games behind Maryland at 9-1.

GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS
• The first 500 fans to arrive at Mackey Arena will receive a free t-shirt
• The Purdue Goldusters and twirlers will host a youth clinic and perform at halftime of the game

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue won its second straight road game Sunday, earning a 73-54 victory at Illinois
• The Boilermakers shot 51.7 percent from the floor, marking their seventh game of the season at 50 percent or better, all wins
• Purdue hit on 64 percent in the second half, including 9-of-12 in the third quarter
• Sophomore Dominique Oden and senior Andreona Keys both cracked the 20-point mark with 22 and 21, respectively, marking the third straight game with two Boilermakers scoring at least 20 points
• Sophomore Ae'Rianna Harris posted eight rebounds, two assists, three blocks and tied a career high with three steals


 

 

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 253 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and she is two 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 14-4 against Minnesota in Versyp's tenure, including a 6-1 home record

#BOILERNOTES
• The Boilermakers are ranked No. 35 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and have played the No. 23 strength of schedule this season (NCAA.com)
• Purdue is receiving votes in the AP Poll for the sixth time this season
• The Boilermakers have won seven straight at Mackey Arena, including four in Big Ten Conference play
• The Boilermakers have won six of their last seven games, including three on the road, shooting 48.8 percent during the run, including a 38.9 percent from 3-point range
• Purdue is second in the Big Ten and ranks No. 21 in the NCAA at the free throw line, hitting 76.1 percent on the year, and is second in conference play with an 79.0 percent conversion rate at the stripe
• Keys needs three rebounds to join an exclusive club at Purdue with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists in her career, following Stephanie White and Katie Douglas
• Oden has been on the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll in back-to-back weeks, averaging 22.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game over her last five, while shooting 59.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range
• Oden is the first Boilermaker to score 20 in three straight since Brittany Rayburn in the 2009-10 season, first Purdue player to accomplish the feat in conference play since Katie Gearlds in 2006-07
• Harris has tied her freshman season record mark, and No. 3 all-time single-season total at Purdue with 75 blocks, and is six shy of the No. 2 single-season mark of 81, set by Stacey Lovelace in 1994-95
• Harris is also three rebounds shy of 200 for the season, looking to become the fifth sophomore in program history to grab 200 boards
• Karissa McLaughlin is already on a pair of Purdue's freshman record lists, ranking third with 48 3-pointers and tied for eighth with Versyp with 85 assists

OPPONENT NOTES
• The Golden Gophers come to Mackey Arena at 17-6 overall and 6-4 in Big Ten Conference play, coming off a loss at Iowa on Sunday
• Minnesota is just 6-5 on the road this season, including a 3-3 record in conference play
• At 84.5 points per game, the Golden Gophers rank second in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA
• Minnesota also hits a conference-best 9.0 3-pointers per game, good for 16th nationally
• Senior Carlie Wagner and junior Kenisha Bell are the highest scoring backcourt in the Big Ten averaging 18.0 and 20.0 points per game, respectively
• Bell also ranks second in the conference in assists per game (6.3) and steals per game (2.6)
• Wagner joined the 2,000 career point club last time out
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Minnesota 45-19, including a 24-5 mark in Mackey Arena and the last two meetings in the series
• The Boilermakers are 14-4 against Minnesota in Versyp's tenure, including a 6-1 home record
• Last year the Boilermakers picked up a 67-54 win in Minneapolis, holding the Golden Gophers to a season-low scoring total
• Lamina Cooper and Ae'Rianna Harris had standout performances at Williams Arena as Cooper posted 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds, while Harris finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots

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