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Purdue (0-0) vs. University of Saint Francis (1-1)
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 / 2 p.m. ET / BTN+
Mackey Arena (14,123) / West Lafayette, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team takes the floor in Mackey Arena for the first time this season, hosting the University of Saint Francis for an exhibition game Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. This will be the first live game action for the Boilermakers, while the Cougars enter the weekend at 1-1 and play Friday and Saturday before coming to West Lafayette.
The 2017-18 campaign marks the 12th season for head coach Sharon Versyp, the longest tenured head coach in program history and the all-time Purdue wins leader with 237 on the Boilermaker sidelines. Purdue has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in nine-of-11 seasons under Versyp, including each of the last two years, and is coming off its 24th 20-win season in program history.
The Boilermakers field one of the nation’s youngest rosters this season, featuring four freshmen, six sophomores, two juniors and lone senior Andreona Keys. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten pick has enough game experience for an entire class, playing in 98-of-99 games since stepping on campus with 77 starts and 2,812 minutes, already good for No. 30 on the Boilermakers’ career minutes played list. She’s on pace for top-10 career marks in games played, games started and minutes played, in addition to historical milestones in scoring, rebounding and assists. Keys is 211 points shy of becoming the 32nd 1,000-point scorer at Purdue, and is one-of-four players all-time at Purdue to post 200 rebounds and 100 assists in the same season, joining Stephanie White, Katie Douglas and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton.
Saint Francis has a massive, 22-player roster, which features a wealth of players from home-state Indiana. The NAIA Division II squad plays in the Crossroads League, the same as former Boilermaker Katie Gearlds’ Marian University team. Cougar freshman forward Lindley Kistler hails from the same hometown and high school as Purdue freshman Karissa McLaughlin and 2017 Purdue men’s basketball All-American Caleb Swanigan, Homestead High School.
Purdue is 43-3 all-time in exhibition games, winning 38 straight entering Sunday. The Boilermakers’ last exhibition loss came in 1999 against the United States National Team, while their single-game scoring record of 120 points came against the Moldovian National Team in 1993. In last season’s exhibition contest Purdue outlasted Ursuline College 86-58, behind 16 points from Keys and rising sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris.