Sept. 7, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The Purdue women's basketball schedule for the upcoming season is arguably the toughest in recent history and is highlighted by matchups against the defending national champion (Texas A&M) and the NCAA runner-up (Notre Dame), as well as a contest at perennial powerhouse Duke, all within a 10-day span.
"This is going to be a very exciting season," head coach Sharon Versyp said. "There are so many new things on the horizon, highlighted by the new Mackey Arena which we can't wait to reveal to our fans. The conference has a new look with the inclusion of Nebraska and we've got three new additions to our roster. Yet we didn't lose any seniors last year, so we have the comfort of an experienced team coming back. This schedule is extremely challenging and brings some great teams into Mackey as well as some tough road competition. We're privileged to be hosting the first and second round of the NCAA Championships this March and our goal is to be one of the four teams playing in West Lafayette on March 17."
The Boilermakers have 11 regular-season games that will be nationally televised, with the potential of two more being added at a later date. Two of Purdue's conference road games will be featured on ESPN2 and nine games - six at home and two on the road - will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network (BTN).
Eighteen of Purdue's 24 upcoming opponents advanced to postseason play last season and 11 of the 13 non-conference foes won 20 or more games a year ago.
The first look at Versyp's Boilermakers is Sunday, Nov. 6 in an exhibition game against Edinboro University out of Pennsylvania. The Fighting Scot's head coach, Stan Swank is a Purdue graduate who played baseball for the Boilermakers.
The Purdue women's basketball team will play host to IUPUI on Nov. 13, wrapping up the eagerly anticipated Mackey Celebration Weekend, the official rededication of 44-year-old venue after its three-year, $99.5 million renovation.
Purdue then travels to Bowling Green, Ohio, to take on Bowling Green State on Nov. 17 in the inaugural women's basketball game in the Stroh Center. The Boilermakers have a pair of home games - UT Martin on Nov. 20 and Chicago State on Nov. 22 - before traveling to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 24 and 25 at the Moon Palace Resort outside Cancun. Purdue is scheduled to face Tulane, followed by a rematch of last year's first-round NCAA Championship contest against Kansas State.
Next up is a trip to Durham, N.C., to face Duke in the 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 1. The Boilermakers play host to Texas A&M, the defending national champions, in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 4, followed by a contest against 2011 NCAA Tournament runner-up Notre Dame on Dec. 10 in Mackey Arena. Both the Texas A&M and Notre Dame game will tipoff at 12 p.m. ET on BTN.
The Boilermakers have a quick turnaround when they play at Central Michigan on Dec. 11, followed by a break until a road game at Auburn on Dec. 18. Purdue wraps up the non-conference schedule with home games against Oakland on Dec. 20 and IPFW on Dec. 22.
Purdue will face six Big Ten teams just once during the year as part of a 16-game conference schedule. The Boilermakers will play host to Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin while facing Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State on the road.
With the addition of Nebraska to the conference, each school will play five home-and-home series and six single-plays during the year. The Boilermakers will play Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota both at home and on the road.
Conference play begins Dec. 30 at home against Minnesota and Purdue will face the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis on Jan. 12. The Boilermakers' first Big Ten road game is Jan. 2 at Illinois. The contest will be broadcast on BTN with the game time to be announced after the football bowl schedule has been determined.
Purdue returns home Jan. 5 to take on Wisconsin at 6 p.m. on BTN and will play host to Iowa on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m., also on the Big Ten Network.
The Boilermakers have two more games on BTN - at Indiana on Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. and at home against Michigan State on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. - before heading to Evanston, Ill., on Jan. 26 for the only matchup of the regular season against Northwestern.
The final game in January will be at Iowa on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. ET on BTN.
Purdue has two games in February that will be broadcast on ESPN2, at Ohio State on Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. and at Michigan State on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. The remaining conference games are Nebraska at home on Feb. 2, Illinois in Mackey on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m., a home game against Penn State on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. on BTN, at Michigan on Feb. 23 and Indiana at home on Feb. 26. The game against the Hoosiers will be both senior day and the Barn Burner Trophy game.
The Big Ten Tournament will be held March 1 to 4 in Indianapolis and all-session tickets are available for just $50 each by clicking here.
Additionally, the Boilermakers are hosting the NCAA Championship first and second rounds on March 17 and 19 in Mackey Arena. NCAA Championship Central page is here.
Season tickets are now available and can be purchased online at purduesports.com, by calling the ticket office at 800-49-SPORT or by stopping by the new ticket office in Mackey Arena during regular business hours. Single game tickets will go on sale Oct. 17.
For the complete schedule, please check out purduesports.com.