WBB Set to Honor Lone Senior
Feb. 23, 2018

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Michigan State (16-12/6-9 B1G) at Purdue (18-11/9-6 B1G)
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 2 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Saturday marks the end of a special era for Purdue women's basketball as senior Andreona Keys will take the floor in Mackey Arena for her final regular season home game. Keys has been a staple of the Boilermakers' lineup for the last four seasons, scattering her name across the record books and helping her team to a list of outstanding accomplishments. Saturday's 2 p.m. ET tip against Michigan State will be the 128th career appearance for Keys, which is tied for 17th-most in program history, while her 108th career start matches Carol Emanuel and Stacey Lovelace for seventh-most all-time for the Boilermakers.

Keys has left an incredible legacy during her four seasons with the Boilermakers, becoming the 32nd player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points, and has gone on to be 1-of-3 players all-time at Purdue with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists, joining Purdue legends Stephanie White and Katie Douglas. Keys has climbed to 25th on Purdue's career scoring list, trailing Cathey Tyree by 12 points entering Saturday, while her 322 career assists are 15th-most in Boilermaker history.


 

 

What cannot be captured by the statistics and record books is the influence Keys has had on Purdue's culture and the relationships she's built with her coaches and teammates over the past four seasons. Head coach Sharon Versyp remarked on the bond she's had with her lone senior since offering her a scholarship in 2013. "We kept recruiting Keys after an injury, while a lot of other schools went away," said Versyp. "We believed in her and everything she could bring to Purdue, and she's paid us all back in full. She's a truly special senior."

GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS
• Purdue will celebrate National Women and Girls In Sport on Saturday, hosting an event in Holloway Gymnasium before the game with female athletes from a variety of Boilermaker teams
• The Boilermakers welcome all Girl Scouts to Saturday's game, offering $2 youth tickets and welcoming them to join the National Women and Girls in Sport celebration
• Purdue will honor Keys and the other senior students in the women's basketball program with a postgame celebration, encouraging fans to stay in their seats after the conclusion of the game

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue picked up its 18th win of the season and ninth in conference play, earning a 64-51 win over visiting Illinois on Wednesday at Mackey Arena
• The Boilermakers held Illinois to 32.8 percent from the floor, and surrendered just five free throw attempts
• Purdue took full advantage of 22 Illinois fouls, hitting at season-high 21-of-28 at the charity stripe
• The Boilermakers beat Illinois on the glass 42-31, their largest rebounding advantage in their last seven games
• Sophomore Dominique Oden posted her fifth 20-point game of the season, hitting 9-of-16 from the floor for 25 points
• Freshman Karissa McLaughlin flirted with a triple-double, tallying 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists
• Senior Andreona Keys hit 8-of-10 free throws on her way to 14 points, while sophomore Ae'Rianna Harris cleaned the glass for 12 rebounds, adding three blocks and two 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 255 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and last time out she matched Lin Dunn for the most Big Ten victories of a Boilermaker head coach with the 120th of her Purdue career
• Versyp's 128 career Big Ten victories are eighth-most in conference history and third-most among active coaches
• 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
• Purdue enters the final game of the regular season tied for seventh in the Big Ten standings, and a win would likely make the Boilermakers the No. 6 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament
• 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. 16 strength of schedule (NCAA.com)
• The Boilermakers have held conference opponents to 28.9 percent from 3-point range at Mackey Arena, and just 36.6 percent from the field
• Purdue is 7-1 in conference play when matching or outrebounding their opponents, and 13-3 overall on the season
• When dealing at least 16 assists in a game the Boilermaker own an 11-1 record this season, and are 8-1 in Big Ten play when dishing out at least 12
• Purdue is 8-3 on Senior Day during Versyp's tenure, including wins in each of the last two seasons
• The Boilermakers are 5-0 this season in Oden's 20-point outbursts, and 9-2 when any player scores at least 20 points
• Harris broke the Boilermakers's sophomore rebounding record Wednesday, amassing 254 boards this season and snapping the mark set by Stacey Lovelace in 1993-94
• Harris' 441 career rebounds are the most by any Boilermaker over their first two seasons in program history
• McLaughlin is 1-of-6 freshmen in program history to dish out 100 assists in her rookie season, and 1-of-2 to eclipse the mark and hit at least 50 3-point field goals (Courtney Moses)

OPPONENT NOTES
• The Spartans head into Saturday's regular-season finale at 16-12 overall and 6-9 in conference play, coming off a 69-61 senior-night victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday
• Michigan State ranks in the top-three in the Big Ten in offensive and defensive rebounding percentage, assists per game and steals per game
• The Spartans feature a very balanced scoring attack with six players averaging between 8.0 and 10.6 points per game
• Sophomore point guard Taryn McCutcheon has led the Spartans with 9.1 points per game, including 12.4 per game over the last five outings, and ranks third in the Big Ten with 5.5 assists per game
• Redshirt sophomore Shay Colley has returned from injury to appear in the last two games for MSU, averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds since returning
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Michigan State 40-31, including a 23-8 record in Mackey Arena
• The Boilermakers swept the season series in 2016-17, taking a 66-54 win at home and winning 76-66 in East Lansing
• Ashley Morrissette torched the Spartans for 24 points at home and matched a career-high with 31 points on the road, hitting 50 percent from the floor in the wins

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