Purdue (3-4) at Pittsburgh (6-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 / 7 p.m. ET / ESPN3
Petersen Events Center (12,508) / Pittsburgh, Pa.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team continues its non-conference schedule Wednesday, heading to Pittsburgh for the 10th edition of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Boilermakers are playing their best basketball of the young season, coming off a 2-1 performance at the 2016 Triple Crown Sports Cancun Challenge and look to deal the Panthers their first loss of the early year.
The Boilermakers have struggled traditionally in the annual rivalry competition with the Atlantic Coast Conference, but have played a brutal schedule in the nine-year history of the event. Six of the nine Purdue opponents in the Challenge have been ranked, and their 2014 opponent, Florida State, went on to finish the year in the top-15 in the country despite being unranked at the time of the game. The Boilermakers' last two games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge have been decided by a combined five points, suffering a double-overtime loss to the Seminoles, and falling on a last-second 3-pointer to Boston College in 2015.
Purdue aims to reverse the trend Wednesday behind the hot play of their senior class. Seniors Ashley Morrissette and Bridget Perry were named to the all-tournament team in Cancun, averaging a combined 29.7 points per game. Morrissette posted her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Northeastern, and her fourth career 20-point effort with 23 against Stanford in the championship game. Perry was stellar against the Cardinal as well, draining a career-high four 3's and finishing with 16 points.
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers went 2-1 at the 2016 Triple Crown Sports Cancun Challenge, topping Wichita State (86-49) and Northeastern (79-54), but falling to No. 11 Stanford in the championship game (69-78)
Purdue shot 49.7 percent from the field over the week, including a 46.8 clip from 3-point range
Ashley Morrissette averaged 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists for the week, including her first career double-double and fourth career 20-point game
Dominique Oden averaged 15.3 points per game and shot 68 percent from the field, including 58.3 percent from 3
Improved to 6-1 all-time in Cancun tournaments, and 7-2 all-time in Mexico
HEAD COACH Sharon Versyp
In her 11th year as the Boilermakers' head coach, giving her the longest tenure of any coach in program history
Winningest Purdue women's basketball head coach, earning 217 to date and 334 for her career, and second in program history in Big Ten Conference wins with 101
Purdue's eight NCAA Tournament appearances under Versyp are the most under any head coach in program history
Starred for the Boilermakers from 1985-88, scoring the 13th-most points in program history and was the fourth-fastest player at Purdue to reach 1,000-career points (77 games)
One-of-2 Big Ten head coaches to lead her alma mater (Amy Williams, Nebraska)
One-of-2 former Boilermakers to serve as a head coach for a Big Ten team (Teri Moren, Indiana)
Purdue ranks fourth in the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to 58.7 points per game
The Boilermakers are second in the conference in free throw shooting, hitting 75 percent so far on the year
We have been to the free throw line at least 20 times in four straight games, hitting 78.6 percent (66-84) at the charity stripe
The Boilermakers rank third in the conference in 3-point percentage, converting 35.8 percent from distance
All three of Purdue's victories this season have seen them score at least 70 points
Ashley Morrissette has led the Boilermakers in every statistical category in each of the last two games
Purdue is 1-8 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, earning its lone win against Georgia Tech in 2012
Pittsburgh will be just the fourth unranked opponent for the Boilermakers in the 10-year history of the event
Purdue's last two ACC/Big Ten Challenge games have been decided by five total points, falling in double overtime to Florida State in 2014 (64-67) and on a late 3-pointer to Boston College (56-58)
PIttsbugh is 6-0 on the season, last earning a 56-44 win over visiting Cornell on Saturday
The Panthers have yet to venture away from Petersen Events Center, playing all six games so far this season at home
Wednesday will be the first meeting between Purdue and Pittsburgh since 1980, when the Panthers edged the Boilermakers in Mackey Arena, 66-62
Pitt has four players averaging double-figure scoring, led by sophomore Brenna Wise at 13.0 points per game