WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The 21st-ranked Purdue women's basketball team learned its draw for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship on Monday night, garnering a No. 4 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional. The Boilermakers earned the Big Ten's automatic bid by winning a second-straight Big Ten Tournament title and a conference-best ninth overall with a 62-47 victory against Michigan State on March 10 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
The Boilermakers (24-8, 10-6 B1G) will face No. 13 seed Liberty (27-6, 16-2 Big South) on Sunday, March 24, at noon ET in first-round action at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. No. 5 seed Louisville will take on No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee at approximately 2:30 p.m. Both games will be carried live on ESPN2. The second-round game is slated for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 26.
This will be the first meeting between Purdue and Liberty in women's basketball. The Flames won the Big South Tournament for the 15th time in 17 years and are on a 14-game win streak, having not lost a game since Jan. 17 versus High Point. The Boilermakers are 6-0 all-time against No. 13 seeds.
Purdue is making its 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance, including its 19th in the last 20 years. The Boilermakers own a 44-21 all-time NCAA record, a winning percentage of .677 and have won 15-straight first-round games.
Head coach Sharon Versyp has a 9-5 NCAA Tournament record at Purdue and has guided the Boilermakers to two Elite Eight appearances (2007 and 2009).
Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1994, Purdue has advanced to the second round of the tournament 16 of 17 times, and has advanced to the Sweet 16 on 12 occasions, including the last time the Boilermakers were in the Oklahoma City Regional in 2009. Purdue played in the 1994, 1999 and 2001 NCAA Women's Final Fours; winning the title in 1999 and finishing as runners up in 2001.
Purdue is the No. 4 seed for the seventh time in school history and the second year in a row, and is 11-6 overall as four. Last season, Purdue defeated No. 13 seed South Dakota State 83-68 in West Lafayette, Ind., before falling to No. 5 seed South Carolina 72-61 in the second round. The farthest the Boilermakers have advanced as a No. 4 seed is the Elite Eight, in 1995 and 1998.
The Boilermakers are 3-2 all-time against No. 5 seeds, and 2-2 when a No. 4 seed. Purdue holds a 5-0 series record against Louisville, but the last meeting between the Boilermakers and the Cardinals was December 10, 1993, when Purdue beat Louisville 95-53 in Indianapolis.
Purdue is 3-1 all-time against No. 12 seeds, and 2-0 against 12 seeds when a No. 4 seed. The Boilermakers and Middle Tennessee State have never played in women's basketball.
All-session NCAA Tournament tickets will be available through the Purdue Athletics Ticket office for the first- and second-round NCAA Tournament action and can be purchased Tuesday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET at the ticket office in Mackey Arena or by calling 800-49-SPORT. Ticket sales will not be available online and fans interested in single-session tickets should contact the UofL ticket office.