WBB Travels for Top-10 Matchup Thursday
Feb. 14, 2018

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Purdue (16-10/7-5 B1G) / No. 10/9 Maryland (22-3/11-1 B1G)
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 / 6 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network
XFINITY Center (17,950) / College Park, Md.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team hits the road for a top-10 matchup Thursday, heading to 10th-ranked Maryland for a 6 p.m. ET tip at the XFINITY Center on the Big Ten Network. The Boilermakers are looking for their first-ever win on the Terrapins’ home turf, falling in the two previous trips to College Park in 2015 and 2016.

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue struggled to find the bucket last time out, falling to visiting Indiana 52-44 on Monday
• The Boilermakers matched a season-low shooting percentage at 29.8 percent (17-57), and got to the free throw line a season-low eight times, making just five
• Purdue won the rebounding battle on both ends of the floor, but were only able to generate 13 second chance points off of 18 offensive boards
• Freshman Karissa McLaughlin was the only Boilermaker in double figures, scoring 14, including four 3-pointers
• Sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds, including a career-best seven on the offensive end, and blocked four shots


 

 

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

#BOILERNOTES
• With wins over No. 21 Rutgers, No. 18 Iowa and No. 13 Michigan, Purdue is 3-0 against ranked opponents this season, including two victories on the road
• After rejecting eight shots Monday, the Boilermakers are 24th in the NCAA with 5.2 rejections per game, tied for fourth-most per game in a season at Purdue
• Purdue ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 27th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting 36.9 percent
• The Boilermakers are second in Big Ten Conference play in scoring defense, holding opponents to 61.6 points per game
• Purdue’s current roster features the top-two freshman 3-point shooters in program history as sophomore Dominique Oden set the record in 2016-17 with 61, and McLaughlin is now second on the Boilermakers’ rookie record list with 55
• McLaughlin has the 11th-most triples of any freshman in NCAA Division I this season
• With six rebounds Monday, senior Andreona Keys became the third player in Boilermaker history to amass 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists in her career, joining Katie Douglas and Stephanie White
• Keys is 1-of-2 active players in the Big Ten Conference with those three marks, joined only by Indiana’s Amanda Cahill
• Oden needs two 3-pointers to become the first Boilermaker to hit at least 50 in their first two seasons
• Harris is the first Boilermaker to grab at least 18 rebounds in a game since Jan. 25, 2015 (Whitney Bays, 19 vs. Ohio State)
• Harris’ 226 rebounds this season are third-most ever by a Purdue sophomore and are 27 shy of the sophomore season record, set by Stacey Lovelace in 1993-94
• Harris’ 81 blocks this season are already tied for second on Purdue’s single-season record list, and are the most in program history by a sophomore

OPPONENT NOTES
• The Terrapins head into Thursday’s game at the top of the Big Ten Standings, sitting 22-3 overall and 11-1 in conference play
• Maryland has won seven straight in the Big Ten and is the three-time defending conference champions
• The Terps are among the nation’s best in 3-point field goal percentage, scoring margin and scoring offense, ranking second in the NCAA at 41 percent from 3, No. 4 in scoring margin at +21.5 and eighth in scoring offense at 83.5 points per game
• Maryland also leads the Big Ten and is 18th in the nation with 16 offensive rebounds per game
• Sophomore Kaila Charles is among the Big Ten’s best players, averaging 18.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game from the guard spot, and is shooting 54 percent on the year
• Senior Kristen Confroy is best in the Big Ten and fifth in the NCAA, hitting 47.2 percent from 3-point range
• Purdue has struggled against Maryland, trailing the all-time series 1-9 and is 0-5 since the Terps joined the Big Ten Conference in 2014-15
• Maryland has been ranked in the top-five in the country in four of the last five meetings, including last year’s Big Ten Tournament Championship game, which Purdue lost 74-64
• Thursday is Purdue’s first trip to College Park since the 2015-16 season, and just the third trip in series history
• In last year’s Big Ten Tournament Championship game, the Boilermakers held Maryland to a season-low scoring total
• Ashley Morrissette led the Boilermakers with 18 points and six assists, while Andreona Keys had 15 points and six rebounds
• Maryland returns just 26 points from last year’s championship game, experiencing a major roster overhaul from last year’s squad

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