WBB Opens Homestand vs. Illinois
Feb. 20, 2018

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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.

• 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!

• 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

• 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

• 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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