WBB Aims to Bounce Back vs. Valpo
Dec. 6, 2017

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Valparaiso (3-3) at Purdue (5-4)
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 / 7 p.m. ET / BTN+
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women’s basketball looks to snap a two-game slide Friday, hosting Valparaiso for a 7 p.m. ET tilt at Mackey Arena. It marks the first meeting between the intrastate rivals since 2008, when the Crusaders earned the first win in series history.

• Purdue suffered its second straight loss Monday, falling to visiting Ball State 66-60 at Mackey Arena
• It was the Boilermakers’ first home loss of the season and their first loss against Ball State since 1979, snapping a streak of 16 straight wins against the Cardinals
• Purdue lost its first game of the season when outrebounding an opponent, grabbing a season-high 46 boards, including 19 on the offensive end
• The Boilermakers were doomed by 22 percent shooting in the second and third quarters (7-32), and shot 18.2 percent from 3-point range (4-22)

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 242 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



• Purdue is 195-85 all-time in December, including a 103-23 mark at home and a 52-25 mark under Versyp
• Senior Andreona Keys is closing in on becoming the 32nd player in program history to score 1,000 points, posting 911 to date
• Sophomore Dominique Oden is ranked 10th in program history in 3-point field goal percentage, canning 36.8 percent from distance
• Freshman Tamara Farquhar has grabbed seven rebounds in each of her last two games and averages 4.1 per game on the season
• With five blocks Monday vs. Ball State, sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris surpassed the 100 career blocks mark, becoming the second sophomore in Purdue history to hit the mark and the fastest player to do it (45 games)
• Harris is already 12th in program history with 103 career blocks and is tied for fourth in the nation with 28 this season
• Sophomore Lamina Cooper has scored a career-high 16 points twice this season, including a 7-of-13 shooting performance Monday vs. Ball State

• The Crusaders come to Mackey Arena at 3-3, having five days to prepare for the Boilermakers after an 81-68 win at Longwood on Sunday
• Valparaiso is shooting 41 percent from the 3-point line on the season, led by sophomore Grace Hales at 61.5 percent from distance
• Senior forward Dani Franklin leads Valparaiso, averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game
• Like Versyp and director of operations Terry Kix, Valparaiso assistant Justin Rees spend four years at Maine
• Valparaiso earned the only win in series history the last time these two squads met, picking up a 71-60 win at the ARC
• The Crusaders finished the game on a 19-5 run to upset the 21st-ranked Boilermakers, hitting 11-of-12 free throws during the final two minutes
Brittany Rayburn paced Purdue in the loss with 19 points


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