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Purdue (18-11/9-6) vs. Northwestern (19-9/8-7)
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 / 4 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team and Mackey Arena will say goodbye to seniors Ashley Morrissette and Bridget Perry on Sunday as they play the final regular-season game of their career on their home floor. The Boilermakers host Northwestern at 4 p.m. ET, live on the Big Ten Network, with major seeding implications in next week’s Big Ten Tournament on the line.
Morrissette and Perry have combined to post some of the top statistical marks in school history over their four-year careers, combining for 71 victories, 2,231 points, 775 rebounds, 487 assists, 299 steals and 92 blocks. The pair is one of the most competitive tandems to wear a Purdue uniform and has left the Boilermakers a variety of incredible memories over their outstanding careers.
Morrissette is putting together one of the top scoring seasons by a Boilermaker in recent history, averaging 16.2 points per game and rising to 18th on Purdue’s all-time leaderboard. She’s set to become the seventh player in program history to lead the Boilermakers in scoring, assists and steals in the same season, and became one-of-11 players all-time at Purdue to score 30 points twice in a season with 31-point efforts at Pittsburgh and Michigan State this year.
Perry is closing in on becoming the 31st player in program history to score 1,000 career points, entering tomorrow with 948, and ranks in the top-30 all-time at Purdue in free throw shooting, rebounding, steals and career starts. Perry ranks 12th in program history from behind the 3-point line, where she’s made 35.9 percent for her career, and is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and two-time Academic All-America nominee.
The Boilermakers and Wildcats play in the final overall game of the Big Ten regular season, and are in the middle of a log jam in the conference standings, both fighting for an improved seed in the postseason tournament. Both teams are able to climb as high as the No. 4 seed in the tournament, while either side could wind up in the 8-9 game in the second round as well.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Boilermakers won their third straight Thursday, taking a 67-54 road win at Minnesota
• The win was Purdue’s sixth straight in Williams Arena, a streak that dates to 2009
• Purdue held the Golden Gophers to a season-low 54 points, limiting them to just nine in the final quarter
• The Boilermakers converted 15 Minnesota miscues into 19 points off turnovers
• Purdue is now 18-1 on the season when leading after three quarters of play and 18-0 when holding the lead going into the final two minutes of play
• The Boilermakers outrebounded the nation’s No. 6 rebounding team, 43-37, including 19 offensive rebounds, which they converted into 12 second-chance points
• Ashley Morrissette scored 10 of her game-high 23 points in the final quarter as the Boilermakers closed the game on a 12-2 run and led by 16 late in the game
HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
• Last Sunday marked her 200th career Big Ten game, her 184th at Purdue, with 16 in one season at Indiana
• In her 11th year as the Boilermakers’ head coach, giving her the longest tenure of any coach in program history
• Winningest Purdue women’s basketball head coach, earning 232 to date and 349 for her career, and second in program history in Big Ten Conference wins with 110
• Purdue’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances under Versyp are the most under any head coach in program history
• Starred for the Boilermakers from 1985-88, scoring the 13th-most points in program history and was the fourth-fastest player at Purdue to reach 1,000-career points (77 games)
• One-of-2 Big Ten head coaches to lead her alma mater (Amy Williams, Nebraska)
• One-of-2 former Boilermakers to serve as a head coach for a Big Ten team (Teri Moren, Indiana)
• Purdue is tied for fourth in Big Ten play at 9-6, even with Indiana and Michigan State
• A win today secures at least the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the Boilermakers, while a win paired with a win by Michigan State (Sunday at Nebraska) or a loss by Indiana (Saturday at Illinois) grants Purdue the No. 4 seed and a double-bye to the quarterfinals
• Purdue leads the conference in scoring defense, holding opponents to 58.3 ppg
• Over the last four games the Boilermakers are holding opponents to 31.6 percent from the field (81-256), and 25 percent from 3-point range (15-60)
• Purdue’s last three opponents have been held to an average of 21.0 points in the second half
• When holding opponents to 60 points or fewer this season the Boilermakers hold a 15-1 record, including seven of their nine Big Ten wins
• Purdue is coming off of back-to-back games, holding their opponents to a season-low scoring mark (Iowa, 52 and Minnesota, 54)
• Ashley Morrissette has scored 20+ points in nine games this season, and the Boilermakers have won seven straight when she surpasses the mark
• Andreona Keys has three double-figure rebounding efforts in her last four games, including 10 at Minnesota on Thursday and double-doubles at Penn State and vs. Iowa
• Ae’Rianna Harris broke the Purdue freshman blocks record Thursday at Minnesota, rejecting five shots to give her 60 for the season, good for second-most in the NCAA among first-years and 29th overall in the country
• Lamina Cooper is coming off career-high marks for scoring and rebounding, posting 10 points and eight boards at Minnesota on Thursday
• Northwestern enters the regular season finale at 19-9 overall and 8-7 in Big Ten action, tied for sixth place in the conference with Penn State and a game behind the three-way tie for fourth
• Northwestern won the first matchup of the season with the Boilermakers, 76-60 in Evanston to start off Purdue’s Big Ten season
• The Wildcats have won two in a row after losing four straight, topping Ilinois (66-53) and Rutgers (60-38) over the last week
• Northwestern and Purdue are first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (.372 and .374)
• The Wildcats are led by senior Nia Coffey, who is tied for fourth in the Big Ten in scoring at 19.5 points per game and leads the conference in rebounding with 10.8 per contest
• Fellow senior Ashley Deary is the Big Ten’s all-time leader in steals, and leads the conference with 107 this season
• Deary also leads the Big Ten this season with 6.5 assists per game, while chipping in 10.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as well