Aug 27, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference announced the 2013-14 schedule on Thursday, unveiling the dates and times for Purdue women's basketball's 16 conference matchups. It marks the second straight season the Boilermakers have opened on Jan. 2 as they head to Columbus, Ohio to face the Buckeyes in one of three conference contests that evening.
The Boilermakers will once again play a 16-game conference schedule, with five home-and-away pairings and six single-play opponents. Purdue's single-play contests feature games against Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin on Keady Court, and road battles at Illinois Michigan State and Minnesota. Times and television information are still being finalized and will be released at a later date.
After heading to Ohio State for the conference opener, the Boilermakers host archrival Indiana in their Big Ten home opener on Monday, Jan. 6, looking to regain control of the coveted Barn Burner Trophy. They then head back on the road for three of their next four, heading to Northwestern and Penn State on Jan. 9 and 12, hosting Michigan on Jan. 15, and then traveling to Nebraska on Jan. 19. Three of the last four battles between the Boilermakers and Cornhuskers have required overtime and fans will expect more fireworks in senior KK Houser's final collegiate contest in her hometown.
The Boilermakers will alternate home and away contests over the next three weeks hosting mid-week games against Northwestern (Jan. 23), Penn State (Jan. 30) and Ohio State (Feb. 6), while hitting the road for early-week battles at Illinois (Jan. 27), Michigan State (Feb. 2) and Michigan (Feb. 9). The last two contests at Illinois have gone to the wire and senior Courtney Moses has come up clutch both times, hitting a three as time expired in 2012 and burying another trifecta with three seconds left in overtime in 2013.
The schedule then brings three straight single-game opponents as Iowa comes to West Lafayette on Feb. 16, the Boilermakers head to Minnesota on Feb. 20 and then host Wisconsin on Feb. 23. The regular season concludes on Sunday, March 2, with Purdue hosting Nebraska.
The Big Ten Tournament returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in 2014, set for March 6-9 as the Old Gold and Black chase their third straight tournament title and their fifth in the last eight seasons.
Action gets underway for head coach Sharon Versyp and the Boilermakers on Sunday, Nov. 3, as they host Clarke University for their lone exhibition game, and the season officially begins the following weekend (Sunday, Nov. 10) against intrastate foe Ball State. Other non-conference home contests for the Old Gold and Black include Belmont on Nov. 22, IPFW on Dec. 15, Bowling Green on Dec. 22 and Central Michigan on Dec. 28. In addition to a holiday tournament in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico the week of Nov. 26, the Boilermakers are also set for tough road tests at Duke (Dec. 5 ACC/Big Ten Challenge), Kansas (Dec. 8) and UW-Green Bay (Dec. 18).
Nov. 3 - vs. Clarke University (exhibition/home)
Nov. 10 - vs. Ball State (home)
Nov. 13 - at IUPUI (away)
Nov. 17 - at Toledo (away)
Nov. 22 - vs. Belmont (home)
Nov. 26-30 - Puerto Vallarta Holiday Tournament (dates and opponents TBA)
Dec. 5 - at Duke (away)
Dec. 8 - at Kansas (away)
Dec. 15 - vs. IPFW (home)
Dec. 18 - at UW-Green Bay (away)
Dec. 22 - vs. Bowling Green (home)
Dec. 28 - vs. Central Michigan (home)
Jan. 2 - at Ohio State (away)
Jan. 6 - vs. Indiana (home)
Jan. 9 - at Northwestern (away)
Jan. 12 - at Penn State (away)
Jan. 15 - vs. Michigan (home)
Jan. 19 - at Nebraska (away)
Jan. 23 - vs. Northwestern (home)
Jan. 27 - at Illinois (away)
Jan. 30 - vs. Penn State (home)
Feb. 2 - at Michigan State (away)
Feb. 6 - vs. Ohio State (home)
Feb. 9 - at Michigan (away)
Feb. 16 - vs. Iowa (home)
Feb. 20 - at Minnesota (away)
Feb. 23 - vs. Wisconsin (home)
March 2 - vs. Nebraska (home)
March 6-9 - at Big Ten Tournament (Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.)