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Big Ten Tournament
No. 8 Purdue (18-12) vs. No. 9 Rutgers (19-11)
Thursday, March 1, 2018 / 12 p.m. ET / Fox Sports Indiana – BTN2Go
Bankers Life Fieldhouse (20,000) / Indianapolis, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team opens play at the 25th edition of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as the eighth-seeded Boilermakers face No. 9 seed Rutgers at noon. The conference tournament has been kind to the Old Gold & Black offering up a Big Ten record 42 all-time victories, 14 championship game appearances and nine Big Ten Tournament titles.

The Boilermakers head into the postseason as a No. 8 seed for the first time in tournament history, holding a 3-0 all-time record against the No. 9 seed and just a 1-1 mark in limited opportunities in the second round. Purdue aims to follow up on last year’s magical championship run where they stormed all the way to the title game as a No. 5 seed, upsetting fourth-seeded Indiana and top-seed Ohio State on the way to Championship Sunday.

The winner of Thursday’s game advances to take on the Buckeyes, who hold the No. 1 tournament seed for the second straight year, scheduled for noon Friday.

• Purdue suffered an 82-68 senior day loss at the hands of visiting Michigan State to close out the regular season at Mackey Arena
• The Spartans’ total was the most scored by an opponent against the Boilermakers this season as they hit 47.6 percent from the field, 46.7 percent from 3-point range and 15-of-19 at the free throw line
• The Boilermakers fell to 2-8 on the season when their opponent gets to the free throw line at least 15 times
• Purdue struggled in the second and fourth quarters, making a combined 8-for-33 (.242) in the frames
• The Boilermakers recovered from scoring 22 first half points to pour in 30 in the third quarter, tying the game at 52-52 with 11:43 left to play
• Sophomore Dominique Oden scored 14 of her team-high 20 points in the third quarter, hitting 4-of-4 from 3
Ae’Rianna Harris posted her eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds

HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
• Versyp is in her 12th season on the Boilermaker sidelines, Versyp now has the longest tenure had of any coach in program history
• She is the winningest coach in program history, owning 255 victories at Purdue
• Versyp is tied with Lin Dunn for the Boilermakers’ career Big Ten Conference wins mark at 120
• Versyp’s 129 career Big Ten victories are the eighth-most of any coach in conference history and third-most of active coaches
• Purdue’s win at No. 10 Maryland marked the 30th top-25 victory for Versyp as the Boilermakers’ head coach
• Her 22 career Big Ten Tournament victories are an event record, breaking the previous mark (shared by Jim Foster and Rene Portland) with Purdue’s 2017 quarterfinal win over Indiana
• She’s led the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Tournament championship game six times in 11 seasons (four titles)
• Versyp has guided Purdue to a program-record nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 11 seasons

• Purdue has won a Big Ten record nine postseason conference tournaments (24 total tournaments played), and has advanced to the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game on 14 occasions, including 2017
• The Boilermakers’ 42 all-time Big Ten Tournament wins are the most of any conference school, and their .750 (42-14) win percentage is second-best of any team in the conference (Maryland)
• Purdue is 7-3 all-time at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Big Ten Tournament and 28-7 all-time at the venue (previously named Conseco Fieldhouse)
• Eight of the Boilermakers’ nine Big Ten Tournament titles and 12-of-14 championship appearances have come in Indianapolis
• The Boilermakers rank No. 56 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) with five wins against the top-50 teams in the nation, and have the No. 15 strength of schedule (NCAA.com)
• The Boilermakers have four players averaging double-figure scoring for the first time since the 2013-14 season
• Purdue boasts a mark of 13-2 on the season when scoring at least 70 points, including a 5-1 mark in Big Ten play
• With only one senior on the roster, 79.5 percent of Purdue’s scoring has come from underclassmen this season, 76 percent from sophomores and freshmen
• Purdue has been able to control the tempo of games all season, owning the slowest pace of play of any team in the Big Ten at 68.7 possessions per game (natstat.com)
• The quartet of Oden, Harris, senior Andreona Keys and freshman Karissa McLaughlin received Big Ten Conference postseason honors Monday, highlighted by Harris taking home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors
• Oden, Harris and Keys all earned Second Team All-Big Ten recognition, while McLaughlin was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team
• Harris is the third player in Purdue history to earn the award following Kelly Komara (2002) and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (2007)
• Just the third sophomore in conference history to earn top defensive honors, following Tanisha Wright (Penn State, 2003) and Shavelle Little (Ohio State, 2008)
• Harris has more rebounds (451) and blocks (167) over her first two seasons than any player in Purdue history
• Keys has played in 128 games in her Boilermaker career and Thursday marks her 106th career start, which is ninth-most in program history
• Her 3,883 career minutes are 10th-most by a Boilermaker, passing Versyp on Purdue’s career list Saturday vs. Michigan State
• Oden has six 20-point outings this season, all coming in conference play, including back-to-back performances vs. Illinois (25) and Michigan State (20) going into the Big Ten Tournament
• She enters the Big Ten Tournament two points from becoming the 10th sophomore at Purdue to score 400 points, passing Versyp on the list in the regular-season finale
• McLaughlin is the 10th Boilermaker to earn first-year recognition and the fifth under Versyp (first since 2013)
• She is the first player in program history to play in five consecutive complete games, logging 220 straight minutes played over the last six contests
• Freshman Tamara Farquhar is averaging 7.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game over her last four games

• The Scarlet Knights enter the Big Ten Tournament at 19-11 overall and finished 7-9 in conference play
• Rutgers has lost eight if their last 10 heading to Indianapolis, including a 63-50 defeat at Northwestern
• Ranked ninth in the country in steals per game (12.1) and 24th in blocked shots per game (5.2)
• Leads the conference in scoring defense, holding opponents to 59.3 points per game
• Senior Tyler Scaife was named First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, averaging 19.7 points per game
• The Scarlet Knights have eight players averaging at least 16 minutes per game
• Purdue and Rutgers split the regular season meetings, each winning on their home floors and the Boilermakers hold a 5-3 all-time edge in the series
• The Boilermakers dropped a 58-50 decision in Piscataway to open the Big Ten season, making just 1-of-12 field goals in the final quarter
• Purdue rebounded with a 47-33 win in West Lafayette, snapping an 11-game Rutgers win streak and holding the Scarlet Knights to the lowest single-game scoring total for a conference opponent since holding Northwestern to 30 in 2007
• Thursday will be the first-ever meeting between Purdue and Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament




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