WBB Faces First-Time Opponent Saturday
Nov. 17, 2017

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Lamar (2-1) at Purdue (2-0)
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 / 1 p.m. ET / BTN+
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women’s basketball team hosts its second straight game at Mackey Arena on Saturday, welcoming Lamar University to town for a 1 p.m. ET tip. Saturday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between the Boilermakers and Cardinals, making Lamar the 194th opponent in program history.

• Purdue improved to 2-0 with a 75-66 win over visiting Miami University on Wednesday
• The Boilermakers shot 50.8 percent from the floor in the victory, surpassing the 50 percent mark for the first time since Jan. 22, 2017 at Michigan State
• Purdue dominated inside, scoring 54 points in the paint, their highest single-game total since posting 56 vs. Georgia Tech on Nov. 28, 2012
• After being outrebounded by 16 in the season-opener, Purdue responded with a +8 (36-28) margin against the Redhawks
• The Boilermakers assisted on 20-of-33 field goals (.606)
• Purdue’s bench scored 22 points, its second straight game with 20+, hitting on 71.4 percent of its field goals (10-14)
• The Boilermakers outscored Miami 24-12 in the second quarter, ending the half on a 14-2 run and making six straight shots to close the period
• Sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris led the Boilermakers with a career-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots, logging her first career double-double



HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
• Versyp is in her 18th season as a head coach and 12th on the Boilermaker sidelines, making her the longest tenured head coach in program history
• Her 239 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and she is nine conference wins shy of matching Lin Dunn for the most Big Ten victories at Purdue
• Purdue has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 9-of-11 seasons under Versyp, including each of the last two seasons, making the Boilermakers 1-of-23 programs in the country to accomplish the feat during the time frame

• The Boilermakers are 105-33 all-time in November, including a 61-7 mark at home and a 51-18 record under head coach Sharon Versyp
• Purdue has eclipsed the 70-point scoring total in each of its first two games of the season for the first time since the 2010-11 season and the 14th time in program history
• Purdue is shooting 49.6 percent from the field on the season, good for third in the Big Ten and 34th in the NCAA
• Lamar will be the 194th opponent in Purdue women’s basketball history with the Boilermakers holding a 143-50 all-time record in inaugural meetings
• The Cardinals are the first of three first-time opponents for Purdue this season, preceding Southern California and Saint Mary’s (CA)
• The Boilermakers played three first-time opponents in 2016-17, defeating Northeastern (79-54), Colgate (71-51) and North Carolina Central (61-27)
• Purdue last lost an inaugural meeting with an opponent in 2014, dropping a second-round NCAA Championship matchup against Oklahoma State (73-66) at Mackey Arena
• The Boilermakers have won 10 straight games against first-time opponents heading into Saturday’s game
• Sophomore Tiara Murphy has provided the Boilermakers with a spark off the bench this season, scoring in double figures in each of her first two outings and averaging 14.5 points per game
• Harris is the first Boilermaker to go for 20 points and 10 boards in a game since Bridget Perry at Penn State on Jan. 30, 2016
• Sophomore Lamina Cooper tied a career-high with 10 points and dished out a career-most six assists against Miami on Wednesday

• Lamar enters Saturday at 2-1 with a pair of wins vs. non-Division I opponents this week • The Cardinals are fresh off a 92-49 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God, outscoring the Lady Lions 54-19 in the second half • Lamar junior Chastadie Barrs had triple-doubles in each of the Cardinals games this week, including 24 points, 11 steals and 10 rebounds against Southwestern on Thursday • Barrs also finished one rebound shy of a quadruple double in Tuesday’s game vs. Louisiana College, posting 14 points, 10 assists, 11 steals and nine rebounds • Barrs is the two-time defending Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year


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