No. 4 seed Purdue (24-8, 10-6) vs. No. 13 seed Liberty (27-6, 16-2 Big South)
Tipoff: 12:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 24 Location: Louisville, Ky. - KFC Yum! Center (22,000) Television: live on ESPN2 with Melissa Lee providing play-by-play and Brooke Weisbrod analysis. Radio: live on WBPE (95.3 BOB-FM) and purduesports.com/allaccess with Tim Newton providing play-by-play and Jane Schott analysis. Internet: Live video web stream available on ESPN3.com, live stats available via Gametracker at purduesports.com and the radio broadcast is available on purduesports.com/allaccess. Rankings: Purdue is ranked No. 21 in both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches' polls. Liberty is unranked. Tickets: Tickets are still available for the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds in Louisville, Ky., and can be purchased at the Yum! Center ticket office, by calling 502-690-9000 or online at ncaa.com/tickets. All session tickets are $32 and single session tickets are $18.
NCAA Championship first and second rounds (Louisville, Ky.)
The Boilermakers are the highest seed in the first- and second-round action in Louisville, Ky., with a No. 4 seed. The host team, No. 16/17 Louisville Cardinals are the No. 5 seed and will take on No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee on Sunday 30 minutes following the Purdue-Liberty matchup at 12:10 p.m. ET. The winners of Sunday's games will face off Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to regional play in Oklahoma City.
Purdue, Liberty and Middle Tennessee all earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championship by winning their conference tournaments. Louisville lost to eventual tournament champion Notre Dame in the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Tournament.
Big Ten Tournament Champions
Purdue's route to a second-consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship began with a 74-62 win over No. 11 seed Wisconsin, followed by a 77-64 victory over No. 21/14 and No. 2 seed Nebraska and ended with a 62-47 victory against Michigan State in the championship game. Purdue's 15-point margin in the championship game was the largest in tournament history and the Boilermakers became the first Big Ten team to win all of their tournament games by 12 or more points. Ohio State (2011), is the only other conference team to win all games by double digits, with its closest game a 10-point margin of victory.
Purdue In The NCAA Championship
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 percent. The Boilers have won 15-straight first-round games and are 18-1 overall in first-round matchups. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1994, Purdue has advanced to the second round of the tournament 16 of 17 times, has advanced to the Sweet 16 on 12 occasions and to the Elite Eight eight times. The Boilermakers played in the 1994, 1999 and 2001 NCAA Women's Final Fours; they won the title in 1999 and finished as runners up in 2001.
Versyp In The NCAA Championship
Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp has guided the Boilermakers to six NCAA Tournament appearances in seven seasons and is 5-0 in first-round tournament games. At Purdue, Versyp holds a 9-5 NCAA Tournament record, having taken the Boilermakers to the Elite Eight in 2007 and 2009 and to the second round in 2008 and 2011. Versyp is 9-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with a first-round loss at Maine in 2004.
Purdue's Postseason Success
Purdue is the only Big Ten women's basketball program to have won an NCAA Championship and is the winningest Big Ten team in postseason play. Since 1989, the Boilermakers are 81-31 in postseason games: 37-10 in the Big Ten Tournament and 44-21 in the NCAA Tournament. Purdue owns a conference-best nine Big Ten Tournament titles, including a second-straight tournament championship this season with a 62-47 win over Michigan State on March 10. Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp has led the Boilermakers to four of their nine tournament titles and with a career tournament record of 17-4, has as many or more tournament titles as every other Big Ten school and has more tournament victories than eight programs and is tied with Illinois. Only Ohio State's Jim Foster and Rene Portland (Penn State) have more Big Ten Tournament wins than Versyp.
History Of The Seeds
Purdue is the No. 4 seed for the seventh time in school history and holds an 11-6 record in the NCAA Tournament as the four. The Boilermakers are 18-1 in first-round contests, including 6-0 as a No. 4 seed. The farthest the Boilermakers have advanced as a No. 4 seed is the Elite Eight (1995 and 1998). Purdue was a No. 4 seed last season, when the Boilermakers defeated No. 13 seed South Dakota State 83-68 before falling 72-61 at home to No. 5 seed South Carolina. In the first round game, Purdue guard Courtney Moses set an NCAA Tournament single-game record by making nine three-pointers against the Jackrabbits.
Records Against Seeds
Purdue is 6-0 all-time against No. 13 seeds. The Boilermakers are 3-1 against both No. 5 and No. 12 seeds, including 2-1 against fives when a No. 4 seed and 2-0 against 12 seeds when a No. 4 seed.
Oklahoma City Regional
Overall No. 1 seed Baylor is the top-seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, while Tennessee is the No. 2 seed and UCLA is the No. 3 seed. Purdue needs two wins in Louisville, Ky., in order to advance to Oklahoma City. The three other regional sites are: Bridgeport, Conn.; Norfolk, Va. and Spokane, Wash.
2012 NCAA Championship Results
Purdue was the No. 4 seed in the 2012 NCAA Championship. The Boilermakers hosted the first and second rounds in Mackey Arena and defeated No. 13 seed South Dakota State 83-68 before falling 72-61 to No. 5 seed South Carolina.
Purdue Vs. Liberty
-The Boilermakers and Lady Flames have never played one another in women's basketball.
- The Boilermakers are 2-1 against teams in the Big South, with a 1-1 record against Gardner-Webb and 1-0 versus Radford.
Purdue Vs. Louisville
- The Boilermakers are 5-0 all time vs. the Cardinals and have never played Louisville in the postseason.
- Purdue is 2-0 in Louisville, 2-0 at home and 1-0 in neutral site games against the Cardinals.
- The last time these two teams met was in 1993, when the Boilermakers cruised to a 95-53 victory on Dec. 10 in Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
- Purdue is 34-26 all time against BIG EAST teams, including 0-2 this season with losses to UConn and at Notre Dame.
Connections To Louisville
- Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp started her college coaching career as a third assistant at UofL in 1996-97 when she joined Bud Childers' staff. She was there one season before going with Childers when he became the head coach at James Madison.
- Purdue freshman April Wilson is from Louisville, Ky., and helped lead DuPont Manual High School to a state championship in 2012. Manual H.S. is located across the street from UofL's campus.
- Purdue sophomore Torrie Thornton's mother, Dierdre Stunson Thornton, played basketball for the Cardinals.
Purdue Vs. Middle Tennessee
- The Boilermakers and Blue Raiders have never played one another in women's basketball.
- Purdue is 9-3 against Sun Belt teams.
If Purdue wins
If the Boilermakers advance with a win against Liberty, they would play the winner of the matchup between No. 5 seed Louisville and No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee. The Cardinals and Blue Raiders play Sunday 30 minutes following the Purdue-Liberty contest.