Purdue (5-4) vs. Central Michigan (6-2)
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 / 7 p.m. ET / BTN Plus
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team has won four of its last five games, and looks to continue that streak Tuesday, hosting Central Michigan for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off in Mackey Arena. The contest is the second in a streak of four games in eight days for the Old Gold & Black, and the first in a stretch of three games in 12 days against opponents from the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
In the landscape of college basketball, there are a variety of ways a schedule comes together each season. Sometimes a coaching staff plans for a tough stretch of games, such as the Boilermakers' three-game slate at the Cancun Challenge, and other times it just happens to be what you can get on the schedule. The latter is the case with this week's lineup of games.
"It's how the schedule had to work out," said Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp. "With different finals weeks all over the country it's very difficult, and with two fewer Big Ten Conference games this season we had to find a place to get those non-conference games in."
The Boilermakers follow up Tuesday's game, heading to Ball State on Thursday and then return home again to host North Carolina Central on Sunday. Different teams are looking for different things as they build their non-conference schedule, sometimes it's just the guaranteed game, other times they aim to bring a player close to their hometown, such as Colgate's Katie Curtis (Lebanon, Indiana), Kateri Stone (Naperville, Illinois) and Haley Greer (Winnetka, Illinois) this past Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers pushed over the .500 mark with a 71-51 victory over visiting Colgate at Mackey Arena on Sunday
Purdue had four players score in double figures for the third time this season, improving to 3-0 when doing so
The Boilermakers assisted on their first 11 field goals of the game and went on to help on 22-of-27 field goals
Andreona Keys posted her second double-double of the season and third of her career, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds
Ashley Morrissette posted career-high marks of 10 assists and five steals
Tiara Murphy scored a career-high 10 points, hitting a pair of 3's
The Boilermakers scored 30 points in the paint for the seventh straight game, improving to 5-2 when hitting the mark
Purdue matched season-highs with 42 rebounds, 29 defensive boards and seven blocks, and pilfered a season-best 12 steals
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 219 to date and 336 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 are above the .500 mark for the first time this season, winning four of their last five games entering Tuesday
The Boilermakers rank third in the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to 58.1 points per game
Purdue's success on the boards has been directly tied to its overall success so far this season, owning a 5-1 mark when winning the rebounding battle
Keys has played an integral role in the rebounding efforts as Purdue is 3-0 this season when she leads the team in rebounding, and 5-1 on the year when she grabs at least five boards
Morrissette ranks in the top-15 in the conference in seven different statistical categories, including scoring (16.1), assists (4.1) and steals (2.4)
Dominique Oden has scored in double-figures in 6-of-9 games for the Boilermakers this season, and is shooting 49.3 percent from the field
Tuesday's meeting will be the ninth in program history against Central Michigan, with the all-time series knotted at 4-4
Purdue has won three of the last four against the Chippewas, including a 109-97 barn burner in Mackey Arena in 2013, which marked the fourth-highest single-game scoring total for the Boilermakers in program history
Tuesday's game against Central Michigan marks the first of three games in 12 games against teams from the Mid-American Conference (Ball State, Eastern Michigan)
Purdue is 61-17 all-time against the MAC (.782)
The Chippewas feature four players averaging double-figure scoring, led by junior Cassie Breen at 15.3 points per game
Central Michigan has won five straight heading into Tuesday, but has lost its only true road game of the season