WBB Heads to 23rd Annual B1G Tournament
Feb. 28, 2017


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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
No. 5 Purdue (19-11) vs. No. 12 Illinois (8-21) or No. 13 Nebraska (7-21)
Thursday, March 2, 2017 / 2:30 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,165) / Indianapolis, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team opens postseason play this week, heading to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the 2017 Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament, and will play the winner of No. 12 seed Illinois and No. 13 seed Nebraska on Thursday at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET.

The Big Ten Tournament has been a place of magic for the Old Gold & Black, where they’ve won nine titles in 22 years, including four in the last 10 years under head coach Sharon Versyp. The Boilermakers have won eight of their nine titles not as the No. 1 seed, including all four under Versyp, most recently taking the crown in 2013 as the No. 3 seed. Eight of the titles have been won in Indianapolis, including the last six in Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly Conseco).

The Boilermakers have won their last four heading into the conference tournament, holding opponents to 51.8 points and 31.6 percent from the field during the run. Purdue held Iowa and Minnesota to season-low scoring totals of 52 and 54 points, respectively, and limited Rutgers to 42 points on Feb. 15.

Tournament action starts Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., with the Fighting Illini and Cornhuskers, followed by Wisconsin and Rutgers at approximately 4 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
• The Boilermakers finished the regular season in dramatic fashion, needing a last-second basket to top visiting Northwestern, 61-59, at Mackey Arena
Andreona Keys and Dominique Oden combined for Purdue’s last 14 points of the game, including Keys’ game-winning bucket with 0.1 left on the clock
• The win is Purdue’s first of the season when trailing with two minutes left in regulation (1-11), and the Boilermakers’ closest margin of victory on the year
• The Boilermakers earned their third win in the last four games when scoring less than 30 in the paint, matching the Wildcats with 28 each inside
• The win marked Purdue’s fourth of the season when making fewer free throws than their opponent, hitting 8-of-10 at the stripe
• Purdue’s lone fast break points of the game game on Oden’s steal and layup with 1:23 to play

HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
• 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 233 to date and 350 for her career, and second in program history in Big Ten Conference wins with 111
• 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)

#BOILERNOTES
• Purdue tied for fourth in the Big Ten standings with Indiana at 10-6, receiving the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament on tie-breaking criteria
• The Boilermakers posted a double-digit win total in conference play for the 26th time in program history and the eighth time under Versyp
• Purdue is ranked 77th in the Ratings Percentage Index, with three wins against the top-50, and seven against the top-100
• The Boilermakers won four straight to finish the regular season, holding opponents to 51.8 points per game and 31.6 percent from the field
• During the run Purdue outrebounded opponents, 45.2-36.0 (+9.2), grabbing 15 offensive rebounds per game
Ashley Morrissette received First Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors Monday, becoming the third player in program history to earn both in the same season (Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Kelley Komara)
• Morrissette is seven points shy of 1,300 for her career heading into the week
Andreona Keys is averaging 9.6 rebounds per game over the last five, including double-doubles at Penn State and Iowa
Dominique Oden is tied for the second-most 3-pointers by a freshman in program history with Brittany Rayburn, and remains eight shy of Courtney Moses’ freshman record of 54
Ae’Rianna Harris has the second-most blocks in the nation among freshman, and ranks sixth on Purdue’s single-season record list with 62 this year

TOURNAMENT NOTES
• This week marks the 23rd playing of the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament, where the Boilermakers hold a 39-13 all-time record (.750) and a conference-best nine tournament titles
• Purdue has won eight of its nine tournament championships in Indianapolis and six of those eight in Bankers Life Fieldhouse (formerly Conseco)
• Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp has accounted for four of the Boilermakers Big Ten Tournament crowns, winning her first two years in 2006 and 2007, and again back-to-back in 2012 and 2013
• The Boilermakers have advanced to the tournament championship game in 13-of-22 Big Ten tournaments
• The 2017 tournament marks Purdue’s fourth time as a No. 5 seed, holding a 3-2 all-time record with the status, including the 1998 tournament championship
• Purdue is 6-5 all-time in the tournament as a No. 5 seed or lower, taking the 1998 tournament crown and winning games in 2011, 2015 and 2016
• The Boilermakers are 28-5 all-time when they are the higher seed at the Big Ten Tournament and 11-8 when they play as the lower seeded team

OPPONENT NOTES
• The Boilermakers will play the winner of Wednesday’s tournament-opener between No. 12 seed Illinois and No. 13 seed Nebraska
• The two teams finished in a four-way tie for last place in the conference with Wisconsin and Rutgers at 3-13 in Big Ten play
• Illinois heads into the tournament having lost its lat 11 games and 8-21 overall
• The Fighting Illini are led by sophomore Alex Wittinger and freshman Brandi Beasley, who average 14.4 and 13.4 points per game, respectively
• Wittinger led the conference with 2.6 blocked shots per game this season, but played just seven minutes in the season finale against Indiana after injuring her left hand
• Beasley was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and received honorable mention all-conference from the media
• Nebraska has won two of its last three heading into the tournament, defeating Indiana and Michigan State at Pinnacle Bank Arena and finishing 7-21 overall
• The Cornhuskers are led by Second Team All-Big Ten pick Jessica Shepard, who averaged 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game on the season
• Freshman Hannah Whitish played well in each of the Huskers last two wins, scoring 18 against the Hoosiers with four 3-pointers, and 24 points in the overtime win over the Spartans


 

 

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