Road to WNIT Quarters Goes Through IU
March 21, 2018


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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
WNIT
Purdue (20-13) at Indiana (19-14)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 / 7 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) / Bloomington, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team is set for a WNIT Round of 16 matchup Thursday, heading to Bloomington, Indiana to face archrival Indiana for a spot in the quarterfinals. The Boilermakers have been touring their home state in the postseason, earning wins at IUPUI and Ball State to open the WNIT, hitting the 20-win mark for the ninth time in 12 seasons under head coach Sharon Versyp, and the 25th time in program history.

The Boilermakers have advanced to the Round of 16 of the WNIT for the second time in three appearances, with the first trip occurring in 1988, Versyp’s senior season at Purdue. The Boilermakers hit the road for Amarillo, Texas that season, earning wins over South Alabama and Illinois State before falling to DePaul.

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue advanced to the WNIT Round of 16 on Sunday with a 77-72 win at Ball State, avenging a regular-season loss to the Cardinals
• The Boilermakers shot 52.8 percent from the field, including a 52.9 percent clip from the 3-point line, marking their ninth game hitting 50 percent this season
• Purdue held off a Ball State comeback bid in the fourth quarter, going on a 14-2 run after briefly surrendering the lead, and hitting eight straight free throws to close regulation and seal the win
• The Boilermakers outrebounded the Cardinals 41-39, despite giving up 20 offensive rebounds, and managed to hold Ball State to just five second-chance points
• Sophomore Dominique Oden tied a career high with 26 points, hitting 4-of-8 from 3-point range and added eight rebounds
• Freshman Karissa McLaughlin posted 19 points, five assists and four rebounds in her eighth straight complete game, going 6-of-6 at the free throw line in the final 41 seconds of regulation
• Sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris tallied her ninth double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, dished out four assists and blocked three shots, eclipsing 100 rejections for the season
• Senior Andreona Keys scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half and dished out a team-high six assists

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 257 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
• he Boilermakers are making their third-ever appearance in the WNIT, their first since 2010, holding a 5-2 all-time record
• Purdue has won back-to-back postseason tournament games for the first time since 2009, defeating IUPUI and Ball State in the first two rounds of the WNIT
• Sunday’s win matched the Boilermakers’ deepest run in their three opportunities in the WNIT, as Purdue advanced to the Round of 16 in 1988 (Versyp’s senior year)
• In 48 WNIT games over the first two rounds, the road team has won just 12 times; Purdue owns two of those 12
• The Boilermakers are playing their third straight in-state opponent, marking the first time since the end of the 1978 season Purdue has played three consecutive teams from its home state
• Thursday also marks the first time Purdue has ever played a Big Ten Conference opponent in a postseason tournament
• A freshman or sophomore has led the Boilermakers in scoring in 24-of-33 games this season, including 12 of the last 14 contests
• McLaughlin is the first player in program history to play in eight consecutive complete games, logging 340 straight minutes played over the last nine contests
• Her 73 3-pointers this season are a Purdue freshman record, breaking Oden’s freshman record of 61, and third-most in a season all-time for the Boilermakers
• Keys is the eighth player in program history to log over 4,000 minutes, (4,003) and the first since Courtney Moses
• The Boilermakers are 3-0 this season when Keys hits at least two 3-pointers, including the last two games, where she’s hit 4-of-8 from distance
• Oden hit WNIT program records for scoring (26) and 3-point field goals (4) in Thursday’s win at Ball State
• Oden is averaging 21.0 points over her last five games, shooting 48.2 percent from the field, and pulling down 5.6 rebounds per contest
• Harris is six rebounds shy of 300 for the year, looking to become the fifth Boilermaker to grab 300 in a season
• She’s ranked sixth in the NCAA with 101 blocks this season, averaging 3.1 per game
• Freshman Tamara Farquhar is averaging 6.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the WNIT

OPPONENT NOTES
• The Hoosiers enter the WNIT Round of 16 at 19-14 this season, fresh off tournament-opening wins at home over UT Martin (74-50) and Milwaukee (74-54)
• Indiana received the Big Ten’s automatic bid from the WNIT, awarded to the highest-finishing team in the conference that didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament
• Indiana features the standout senior duo of Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill, two of the top players in program history
• Buss is Indiana’s all-time leading scorer, and is 24th in the NCAA with 20.3 points per game
• She leads the NCAA with 1,321 minutes played this season, averaging a full 40 minutes per contest
• Cahill adds 15.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, hitting 40.4 percent from 3-point range on the season
• Purdue is 54-30 all-time against Indiana, despite dropping a pair of games to the Hoosiers this season
• The Boilermakers are looking for their first win in Bloomington since 2012
• Thursday’s game marks the first non-conference meeting for Purdue and Indiana (outside the Big Ten Tournament) since Dec. 14, 2002, when the Boilermakers earned a 53-51 win in Indianapolis at the “Duel in the Dome”


 

 

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