WBB Opens Homestand vs. Illinois
Feb. 20, 2018

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Illinois (9-19/0-14 B1G) at Purdue (17-11/8-6 B1G)
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 / 7 p.m. ET / BTN+
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team opens its final homestand of the regular season Wednesday, hosting Illinois for a 7 p.m. ET tip in Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers need to close out the season in strong fashion to secure a top-six seed at the rapidly-approaching Big Ten Tournament, set for Feb. 28 to March 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and solidify their standing for the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS
• Middle school and high school bands are invited to come battle it out! The band that sells the most tickets will get to perform on the court at halftime!

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue fell to a ranked opponent for the first time this season, suffering a 73-60 defeat at No. 16 Ohio State on Sunday at Value City Arena
• The Boilermakers made just 34.8 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from the 3-point line
• Ohio State outscored the Boilermakers 40-24 in the paint and 18-4 off of turnovers
• Freshman Karissa McLaughlin led Purdue in scoring with 17 points, and broke the Boilermakers’ rookie 3-point field goal record with her 62nd of the season
• Rookie Tamara Farquhar just missed a double-double with eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds
• Sophomores Ae’Rianna Harris and Dominique Oden had 12 points apiece, while Harris added seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks


 

 

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 254 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and she is one conference win 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 17-3 against Illinois in Versyp’s tenure, including an 8-1 mark in Mackey Arena

#BOILERNOTES
• Purdue enters Wednesday tied for seventh place in the conference standings, just one game behind fifth-place Iowa and a half-game behind sixth-place Michigan
• The Boilermakers rank 43rd in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) with five wins against the top-50 teams in the nation, and have the No. 13 strength of schedule (NCAA.com)
• With wins over No. 21 Rutgers, No. 18 Iowa, No. 13 Michigan and No. 10 Maryland, Purdue is 4-1 against ranked opponents this season, including three victories on the road
• Purdue’s four wins over ranked opponents this season are its most since the 2006-07 season, Versyp’s first with the Boilermakers, when they won six
• The Boilermakers have held conference opponents to 26.2 percent from 3-point range at Mackey Arena, and just 37.2 percent from the field
• Purdue is 6-1 in conference play when matching or outrebounding their opponents, and 12-3 overall on the season
• When dealing at least 16 assists in a game the Boilermaker own an 11-1 record this season, and are 7-1 in Big Ten play when dishing out at least 12
• McLaughlin is one assist shy of becoming the sixth freshman in program history to deal 100 in her rookie season, and her 3.5 assist per game average is No. 5 on Purdue’s rookie record list
• Farquhar has hit a new career-high mark in each of her last two games, scoring 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting at Maryland and grabbing 13 boards at Ohio State
• The Boilermaker rookies have combined for at least 25 points in each of the last two games
• Senior Andreona Keys is averaging 23.5 points in her last two appearances against Illinois, hitting 20-of-32 from the field (.625), and adding 4.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game
• Oden has scored in double figures in nine of her last 10 games, averaging 17.3 points per game, shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 42.6 percent from 3-point range
• Harris needs 11 rebounds to tie the sophomore season record at Purdue, already snaring 242 on the season, and is four shy of a mark in the top-15 on the Boilermakers’ single-season rebounding record list

OPPONENT NOTES
• The Fighting Illini come into Wednesday’s contest at 9-19 overall and searching for their first conference victory at 0-14 in Big Ten play
• Junior forward Alex Wittinger leads the Illini with 14.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, ranking 15th in the conference in scoring and fifth on the boards
• Sophomore point guard Brandi Beasley is the only other player averaging double figures for Illinois, chipping in 12.3 points per game
• Eleven different players have appeared in 20 or more games for the Fighting Illini with eight averaging at least 17 minutes per game
• Purdue owns 56 all-time wins over Illinois, the most against any opponent in program history
• The Boilermakers are 28-5 all-time in Mackey Arena against the Fighting Illini, including eight of the last nine meetings
• Purdue captured a 73-54 victory over Illinois on Feb. 4 in Champaign, led by 22 points from Oden and 21 points from Keys

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