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No. 9 Purdue (23-12) at No. 1 Notre Dame (31-3)
Sunday, March 19, 2017 / 9 p.m. ET / ESPN2
Purcell Pavilion (9,149) / Notre Dame, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team is set for its NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup tomorrow night against top-seeded Notre Dame, scheduled to tip at 9 p.m. ET at Purcell Pavilion and air live on ESPN2. The matchup is the first between the Boilermakers and Fighting Irish since 2012, and the fifth NCAA Tournament contest in the all-time series between the intrastate rivals.
Due to Sunday’s late tip time, Notre Dame is offering a pair of ticket promotions for the game. The first 100 college students (showing a photo ID at Gate 8) will receive free admission, regardless of school attended. After the first 100 free students, tickets are $5/student with ID. The first 350 kids (18 and under) to show up with pajamas on will receive a free concession voucher for a free soda and hotdog.
The Purdue vs. Notre Dame series is all even at 2-2 in the NCAA Tournament, with Notre Dame wins in 1996 and 2001, while Purdue earned victories in 1998 and 2003. The 12th-seeded Fighting Irish upset the fifth-seeded Boilermakers in Lubbock, Texas in 1996, 73-60, and the 2001 NCAA title was won in narrow fashion by Notre Dame, 68-66. Purdue knocked off Notre Dame on its way to the Elite Eight on both NCAA occasions, posting a 70-65 win in Lubbock in 1998, and earning a 66-47 win in Dayton, Ohio in 2003.
NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES
• 2017 marks the 26th all-time NCAA appearance for the Boilermakers, holding a 47-24 tournament record, including a 21-2 mark in the first round, and a 12-11 mark in the second round
• Purdue is one-of-four Big Ten Conference teams to make the field this season, and one-of-three to advance to the Round of 32
• Purdue is a No. 9 seed for the fourth time in NCAA Tournament history, earning first-round wins in all four appearances (2005, 2008, 2011, 2017)
• 2017 marks the first time Purdue has played an NCAA Tournament game at Notre Dame
• The Boilermakers own two all-time wins against No. 1 seeds, topping Vanderbilt in the 1995 Sweet 16, 67-66, and Louisiana Tech in the 1999 Final Four, 77-63
• Purdue looks to make its first Sweet 16 since 2009, and third under Versyp
HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
• Purdue’s nine NCAA Tournament appearances under Versyp are the most under any head coach in program history, and she owns a 12-9 all-time mark in the tournament
• Has 22 career Big Ten Tournament victories marking the most by any coach in tournament history
• Winningest Purdue women’s basketball head coach, earning 237 to date and 354 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
• Purdue leads the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to 59.0 ppg
• The Boilermakers have held four of their last nine 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 14.4 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)
• Ashley Morrissette is now 16th all-time in career points at Purdue with 1,393, including 580 this season, good for 13th-most in a campaign at Purdue
• Andreona Keys’ 118 assists this season are three shy of 10th place on Purdue’s junior record list
• Dominique Oden has played the second-most minutes of any freshman in program history, remaining 54 shy of FahKara Malone’s total of 1,129 in 2006-07