WBB Set for NCAA Opener
March 15, 2017


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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
No. 9 Purdue (22-12) vs. No. 8 Green Bay (27-5)
Friday, March 17, 2017 / 5 p.m. ET / ESPN2
Purcell Pavilion (9,149) / Notre Dame, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team opens its 26th NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend, heading to the University of Notre Dame for its first-round matchup against Green Bay. The No. 9 seed Boilermakers and No. 8 seed Phoenix will tip at 5 p.m. ET at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center and will air live on ESPN2.

In the 42 seasons of Purdue women’s basketball the Boilermakers have enjoyed extensive postseason successes, and that tradition has continued in the last 11 seasons under head coach Sharon Versyp. She’s guided the Boilermakers to nine NCAA bids in 11 seasons, making Purdue one of four Big Ten schools and just 22 schools nationally to advance to the national tournament at that rate. Purdue has advanced past the first round seven times, one-of-15 schools in the last 10 years to advance past the first round at least seven times, and Versyp led them through the Sweet 16 and on to the Elite Eight in 2007 and 2009.

Green Bay is another school on the list with at least nine NCAA Tournament appearances, and has earned at least one win four times, most recently knocking off 10th-seeded Iowa State in the opening round of the 2012 tournament, 71-57, before narrowly falling to No. 2 seed Kentucky in the second round, 65-62. Green Bay head coach Kevin Borseth is no stranger to the Boilermakers, having served as the Michigan head coach from 2007 to 2012. He spent nine seasons in Green Bay, left for Ann Arbor for five seasons and then returned to the Phoenix in 2012.

NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES
• 2017 marks the 26th all-time NCAA appearance for the Boilermakers, holding a 46-24 tournament record, including a 20-2 mark in the first round
• The Boilermakers are the only Big Ten Conference team to win NCAAs as part of the conference, earning the 1999 title, and have played in a conference-most three Final Fours
• Purdue is one-of-four Big Ten Conference teams to make the field this season
• The Boilermakers are 3-1 all-time in the first round as a higher-seeded team
• Purdue is a No. 9 seed for the fourth time in NCAA Tournament history, earning first-round wins in 2005, 2008 and 2011
• 2017 marks the first time Purdue has played an NCAA Tournament game at Notre Dame
• Just five players on the Boilermakers’ active roster have played in an NCAA Tournament: Ashley Morrissette, Bridget Perry, Andreona Keys, Nora Kiesler and Dominique McBryde

HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
• Purdue’s nine NCAA Tournament appearances under Versyp are the most under any head coach in program history
• Has 22 career Big Ten Tournament victories marking the most by any coach in tournament history
• Winningest Purdue women’s basketball head coach, earning 236 to date and 353 for her career, and second in program history in Big Ten Conference wins with 111
• In her 11th year as the Boilermakers’ head coach, giving her the longest tenure of any 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 has posted a season scoring defense of 62.0 points per game or less in nine of Versyp’s 11 years, including a program record 54.6 points per game in 2006-07

#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, and has won 20 games for the 24th time in Purdue history, and the eighth time under Versyp
• Purdue advanced to its 14th Big Ten Tournament Championship game with wins over Illinois, Indiana and No. 9 Ohio State
• Purdue is ranked 58th in the Ratings Percentage Index, with four wins against the top-50, and nine against the top-100, and 42nd in the Jeff Sagarin/CBN Women’s College Basketball Ratings
• The Boilermakers won seven straight from Feb. 15 to March 4, holding opponents to 55.0 points per game and 33.6 percent from the field during the stretch
• Purdue leads the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to 58.9 ppg
• The Boilermakers have held four of their last eight opponents to season-low scoring totals: Iowa-52, Minnesota-54, Ohio State-60 and Maryland-74
• When holding opponents to 60 points or fewer this season the Boilermakers hold a 19-1 record, including eight of their 10 Big Ten Conference wins and all three Big Ten Tournament victories
• The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten and rank 22nd nationally in fewest fouls, committing 14.4 per contest and on pace to smash the program record for fewest fouls of 16.0 per game set last season
• With just 14.2 turnovers per game, the Boilermakers are on pace to break the program record for fewest turnovers for the second straight season, set at 14.6 per game in 2015-16
• Purdue also holds top-50 NCAA rankings in assist-turnover ratio (1.12), assists per game (15.8) and blocks per game (4.9)
• The Boilermakers are 21-1 when holding an advantage after three quarters
Ashley Morrissette is on pace to be the first Boilermaker to average at least 15 points and four assists for a season since Katie Douglas in 1999-00
• The Boilermakers have won nine straight games when Morrissette scores at least 20 points
• Dominique Oden’s 361 points this season are fifth-most all-time at Purdue by a freshman, more than Purdue legends Brittany Rayburn, Katie Gearlds, Sharon Versyp and Stephanie White
• Oden dropped in a Purdue record 11 3’s in the Big Ten Tournament, surpassing Courtney Moses for the most 3’s in a season by a Boilermaker freshman with 57
Bridget Perry became the 31st player in program history to score 1,000 points for her career last time out, and with Morrissette became the 10th class in program history with multiple 1,000-point scorers
Ae’Rianna Harris is tied for 26th in the NCAA and ranks second among freshmen nationally with 70 blocks, good for a Purdue freshman record and No. 3 on the Boilermakers’ single-season record list

OPPONENT NOTES
• Green Bay enters its ninth NCAA Tournament in the last 11 seasons, fielding a 27-5 overall record and earning an automatic bid by winning the Horizon League Tournament
• Purdue and Green Bay have met just twice before in program history, with Purdue earning a 49-45 win in Green Bay in 2013, and the Phoenix taking an 81-78 double-overtime win at Mackey in 2014
• Green Bay ranks second in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 51.0 points per game, 16th in field goal percentage at 45.9 percent and 13th in rebounding margin at +8.6
• The Phoenix are led by Horizon League Player of the Year and ESPNW Mid-Major Player of the Year Mehryn Kraker, who averages a team-best 17.4 points per game, hitting 53.6 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from 3-point range
• Green Bay junior Jessica Lindstrom was a Second Team All-Horizon honoree after posting 13.0 points and a team-best 9.7 rebounds per game, while junior Allie LeClaire is the third Phoenix averaging double figures at 11.1 points per game


 

 

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