WBB Set to Start WNIT at IUPUI
March 14, 2018


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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
WNIT
Purdue (18-13) at IUPUI (22-9)
Thursday, March 15, 2018 / 7 p.m. ET
The Jungle (1,215) / Indianapolis, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team opens the 2018 Women’s National Invitational Tournament on Thursday, heading to IUPUI for a 7 p.m. ET tip at The Jungle. The Boilermakers aim to avenge a 2016 loss to the Jaguars at Mackey Arena and advance for a shot at either Ball State or Middle Tennessee State in the second round.

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue was ousted from the Big Ten Tournament on a last-second shot, falling to Rutgers 62-60
• It marked just the fifth time in program history the Boilermakers fell in their conference-tournament opener, and the first time since 2014
• The Boilermakers shot just 38.3 percent from the field, including a 31 percent clip from 3-point range, scoring only eight points in the first quarter and 10 in the third quarter
• Purdue erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter tying the game inside the final two minutes twice
• Rutgers shot 50.9 percent from the field, marking their first 50-percent shooting effort since Jan. 13 vs. Minnesota
• Purdue won the battle on the boards 36-32, marking their fourth loss of the season when outrebounding their opponent
• Sophomore Dominique Oden paced the Boilermakers with 25 points, her third straight game with at least 20 and seventh of the season

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 12 seasons (four titles)

#BOILERNOTES
• The Boilermakers are making their third-ever appearance in the WNIT, their first since 2010, holding a 3-2 record
• The Boilermakers are one of four teams from the Big Ten Conference in the WNIT, joining Indiana, Michigan State and Penn State
• Purdue was 7-1 in conference play when matching or outrebounding their opponents, and 13-4 overall on the season
• 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
• The Boilermakers are 12-2 on the year when outscoring their opponents in the paint, but have not done so in their last four games, last besting their opponent inside at Maryland (Feb. 15)
• Purdue is 15-0 this season when leading for at least 20 minutes of play, and have not relinquished a third-quarter lead, sitting 16-0 when leading after 30 minutes of action
• The Boilermakers have outshot their opponents at the free throw line in 21 of 31 games this season, winning 16 times when making more free throws than their opponents
• 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
• A freshman or sophomore has led the Boilermakers in scoring in 23-of-31 games this season, including 11 of the last 12 contests
• 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 68.6 possessions per game (natstat.com)
• Freshman Karissa McLaughlin is 1-of-3 rookies in the NCAA to record at least 60 3-point field goals and 100 assists this season
• She is the first player in program history to play in six consecutive complete games, logging 260 straight minutes played over the last seven contests
• Senior Andreona Keys owns top spots on the Boilermakers’ all-time lists for scoring (23rd), rebounds (17th) and assists (15th)
• Oden has even 20-point outings this season, including three straight performances vs. Illinois (25), Michigan State (20) and Rutgers (25) going into the postseason
• Fellow sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris has the most rebounds (272) and blocks (93) of any second-year player in Purdue history
• Harris has the 14th-most rebounds and the most blocks of any sophomore in the NCAA this season

OPPONENT NOTES
• The Jaguars enter their third straight WNIT at 22-9, going 13-5 in the Horizon League, where they were runner-up to Green Bay and earned an automatic bid to the WNIT
• The Jaguars are led by Purdue men’s basketball alum Austin Parkinson, who is in his eighth season
• Senior guard Danielle Lawrence paces the Jaguars with 17.3 points per game, hitting on 39.4 percent from 3-point range
• Freshman post player Macee Williams adds 13.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and junior Tamya Sims is their third player averaging double figures at 10.6 points per game
• Williams is fourth in the NCAA in field goal percentage, converting 65.8 percent from the floor this season, leading her team to the nation’s No. 26 team field goal percentage at 45.4 percent shooting
• Purdue is 4-1 all-time against IUPUI, including a win in the only meeting between the two schools at The Jungle in 2013
• IUPUI won the last meeting between the two schools, earning its first win over the Boilermakers, 67-62 at Mackey Arena
• The Boilermakers are 25-9 all-time against teams from the Horizon League
• It marks the second straight season Purdue opens the postseason against a Horizon League opponent, earning a 74-62 NCAA Tournament First Round win over Green Bay at Notre Dame last year


 

 

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