Aug. 31, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference announced the 2013 conference women's basketball schedule Friday, revealing that Purdue is one of four teams in action on the first day of conference play on Jan. 2. The Boilermakers will travel to Illinois while Nebraska is playing host to Wisconsin on that Wednesday. The remaining eight conference teams open the conference season Jan. 3 with Michigan hosting Indiana, Iowa entertaining Ohio State, Michigan State taking on Minnesota and Penn State welcoming Northwestern.
Big Ten women's teams will play a 16-game conference schedule, with each team having six single-play opponents and five home-and-away series. Purdue's single-play games include Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State at home while facing Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin on the road. Times and television information are still being finalized and will be released at a later date.
After the league opener at Illinois, Purdue for the first time in school history will play at Nebraska. That game is slated for Jan. 5 and has the makings to be an instant classic as both contests last season - including the Big Ten Tournament championship game - went to multiple overtimes. The Boilermakers return to West Lafayette for their first home conference game Jan. 14 against Ohio State. Minnesota then comes to Mackey Arena on Jan. 17.
The Boilermakers will face the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Jan. 20 before playing Northwestern on Keady Court on Jan. 24. Purdue heads to East Lansing, Mich., for a contest against Michigan State on Jan. 27. Purdue plays host to Indiana on Jan. 31 and will travel to State College, Pa., to face last season's Big Ten regular-season champions on Feb. 4.
After a short break in their schedule, the Boilermakers return to action Feb. 10 versus Michigan in Mackey Arena. That contest has been tabbed as both the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration and Alumnae Day. Purdue then returns to the road to play at Wisconsin on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
The remainder of Purdue's regular season pits them against teams they have already faced, starting with a home matchup against Iowa on Feb. 17 which is the designated Play 4Kay for breast cancer awareness. The Boilermakers then have consecutive road games, the first occurring Feb. 20 against Indiana followed by a trip to Minneapolis to play the Golden Gophers on Feb. 24.
Purdue finishes out regular-season conference play at home beginning with a Feb. 28 matchup against Michigan State before wrapping things up against Illinois on Senior Day on March 3.
The Big Ten is entering into the first year of a four-year agreement that will rotate the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament between Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Indianapolis. The 2013 and 2015 postseason tournaments will be contested at the Sears Centre Arena, while the 2014 and 2016 events will be staged at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
The first opportunity to check out the 2012-13 version of the Purdue women's basketball team will be Nov. 4 when the Boilermakers take on Lindsey Wilson College in the only exhibition game of the season. Purdue will play host to the University of South Carolina Upstate on Nov. 10 and then take on Bowling Green at home Nov. 19 before heading to the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Upon returning stateside, Purdue will play host to Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 28 and that contest has been designated as the Pack the House promotion as well as the blackout game. Rounding out the home nonconference slate is Central Michigan on Dec. 2 and IUPUI on Dec. 21.
Purdue has five nonconference true road games on the slate starting with SIUE on Nov. 17. The Boilermakers have three-consecutive away contests in December: at IPFW on Dec. 6, at UT Martin on Dec. 9, at Oakland on Dec. 16 and the final nonconference game of the year will be at Notre Dame on Dec. 29.
2012-13 Women's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 4 - vs. Lindsey Wilson College (exhibition/home)
Nov. 10 - vs. USC Upstate (home)
Nov. 17 - at SIU Edwardsville
Nov. 19 - vs. Bowling Green (home)
Nov. 22 - vs. Marist (neutral)
Nov. 23 - vs. Wake Forest (neutral)
Nov. 24 - vs. Connecticut (neutral)
Nov. 28 - vs. Georgia Tech (home)
Dec. 2 - vs. Central Michigan (home)
Dec. 6 - at IPFW
Dec. 9 - at UT Martin
Dec. 16 - at Oakland
Dec. 21 - vs. IUPUI (home)
Dec. 29 - at Notre Dame
Jan. 2 - at Illinois
Jan. 5 - at Nebraska
Jan. 14 - vs. Ohio State (home)
Jan. 17 - vs. Minnesota (home)
Jan. 20 - at Iowa
Jan. 24 - vs. Northwestern (home)
Jan. 27 - at Michigan State
Jan. 31 - vs. Indiana (home)
Feb. 4 - at Penn State
Feb. 10 - vs. Michigan (home)
Feb. 14 - at Wisconsin
Feb. 17 - vs. Iowa (home)
Feb. 20 - at Indiana
Feb. 24 - at Minnesota
Feb. 28 - vs. Michigan State (home)
March 3 - vs. Illinois (home)
March 7-10 - Big Ten Tournament
All games are subject to change.