Purdue (4-4) vs. Colgate (1-5)
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 / 2 p.m. ET / BTN2Go
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team returns home to Mackey Arena for the first time in two weeks, set to host Colgate on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The matchup is the first in program history between the Boilermakers and Raiders, who will become the 192nd opponent in the 42-year history of Purdue women's basketball.
The Boilermakers have had a run of success in first-ever meetings, boasting a 138-53 (.723) all-time record in series starters. The Raiders will be the second first-time opponent on the Boilermakers' 2016-17 non-conference schedule, following Northeastern, and look to break a streak of eight straight victories in inaugural meetings for the Old Gold & Black. Purdue's last loss to a first-time opponent came at the hands of Oklahoma State (73-66) in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Since then the Boilermakers have dispatched: UC Irvine (69-44), Denver (65-51), Wright State (70-46), Jacksonville State (67-48), North Florida (70-47), Incarnate Word (95-27), Maine (56-33) and Northeastern (79-54).
During the run Purdue has held first-time opponents to an average of 43.8 points per game, while scoring 71.4 points for a 27.6 point average margin of victory. Six of the eight wins have come in Mackey Arena, heading to Jacksonville, Florida to face North Florida, and battling Northeastern last week in the 2016 Triple Crown Sports Cancun Challenge.
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers earned their second win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, taking a 67-61 road victory at Pittsburgh on Wednesday
Ashley Morrissette put up a career-high 31 points, hitting 12-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range
Morrissette also dished out four assists and grabbed three steals
Three Boilermakers just missed out on double-doubles: Bridget Perry - 8 points, 9 rebounds, Andreona Keys - 10 points, 9 rebounds, Dominique McBryde - 8 points, 8 rebounds
Purdue scored a program-record 29 third-quarter points, hitting 11-of-17 in the frame (.647)
The Boilermakers outscored Pitt in the paint, 38-22
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 218 to date and 335 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)
The Boilermakers' last two contests have featured 13 ties and 21 lead changes
Purdue is 138-53 in inaugural meetings, and will meet Colgate for the first time in program history Sunday
The Boilermakers rank third in the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to 59.0 points per game
Purdue also ranks second in the conference in free throw percentage, knocking down 74.6 percent at the stripe, and have gotten to the line at least 20 times in 5-of-8 contests
The Boilermakers have cashed in 36.3 percent from behind the 3-point line (37-102), good for third in the conference
The Purdue seniors (Morrissette, Perry) have combined for 39 points in each of the Boilermakers' last two games, and average a combined 26.4 points per game on the season
Morrissette is the 17th player in school history to score at least 30 points in a game (43 total 30+ point games) and the first to score 30 in a game since Courtney Moses (at Toledo, Nov. 17, 2013)
Dominique Oden was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday after averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting 68 percent from the floor in Cancun
Colgate comes to West Lafayette at 1-5 on the season, earning its lone victory vs. Brown (67-62) and dropping its last two heading into Sunday
Head coach Bill Cleary is in his first year with the Raiders after four straight NCAA Tournament bids at Bloomsburg
Assistant coach Kate Popovec was the director of operations at Big Ten rival Northwestern for the last two seasons and played for the Wildcats from 2010-to-2012
Senior Katie Curtis hails from Lebanon, Indiana, has started all six games for the Raiders this season and is their second-leading scorer at 9.5 points per game
Freshman Rachel Thompson leads Colgate in scoring at 12.7 points per game, shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and is perfect from 3-point range (2-2) and the free throw line (14-14)