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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference announced the matchups for the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday, revealing Purdue women’s basketball’s Nov. 30 contest at Georgia Tech. The game will be the second-ever meeting between the Boilermakers and Yellow Jackets in the event and the third all-time contest between the two schools.
The matchup will not lack for story lines, most notably the fact that the two head coaches are Purdue women’s basketball alumnae and were nearly teammates, missing each other by one season on the Boilermaker roster. Purdue head coach Sharon Verysp starred for the Old Gold & Black from 1985 to 1988, while Yellow Jacket head coach MaChelle Joseph followed from 1989 to 1992. Versyp finished her career at Purdue as our No. 2 all-time leading scorer, and currently ranks 14th with 1,527 points, while Joseph remains the highest scorer in Purdue basketball history (men’s or women’s) with 2,405 career points. Joseph also started her coaching career with the Boilermakers, serving as an assistant coach from 1994 to 1996.
The trip to Atlanta marks a homecoming for three Boilermakers and a member of the staff as senior Andreona Keys, sophomores Dominique Oden and Miracle Gray and associate head coach Nadine Morgan all call the Peach State their home. Keys starred at Roswell High School, Oden at Marist and Gray at Stephenson, collectively gracing the pages of the local newspapers several times.
In addition, Boilermaker athletics director Mike Bobinski came to West Lafayette from Georgia Tech, where he led the Yellow Jackets from 2013 to 2016.
Purdue has won the previous two meetings against Georgia Tech, earning a 76-63, 2007 Second-Round NCAA Tournament victory in Minneapolis and a 2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge tilt in West Lafayette, 85-73. This will be the first contest between the schools on the Yellow Jackets’ home turf and Purdue’s first-ever game in the state of Georgia.
The game completes the Boilermakers’ non-conference schedule, which features eight home games, four road contests and a pair of neutral-site battles at the 2017 Rainbow Wahine Classic in Hawai’i. Times and TV information have yet to be announced for any of the non-conference contests, and the Big Ten Conference schedule is expected to be released sometime in August.