WBB Visits Intrastate Rival Thursday
Dec. 7, 2016


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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Purdue (6-4) at Ball State (5-2)
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 / 7 p.m. ET / ESPN3
Worthen Arena (11,500) / Muncie, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team continues its intense non-conference schedule Thursday, heading to intrastate rival Ball State for the Boilermakers' third game in the last five days. The Old Gold & Black have won five of their last six heading into the contest, and put a streak of 15 consecutive wins against the Cardinals on the line.

Ball State was the second opponent in Purdue women's basketball history, with the series starting Dec. 5, 1975, in Mackey Arena, resulting in a 68-63 victory for the visiting Cardinals. Thursday marks the 24th all-time meeting between the two schools, making it the Boilermakers' second longest running rivalry for a non-conference opponent (Notre Dame, 26 games). Purdue has dominated the all-time series, 18-5, including 15 straight victories dating to 1981, but two of the last three games have been tight ones, including a narrow 66-60 season-opening win for Purdue at Worthen Arena in 2014.

LAST TIME OUT
• The Boilermakers improved to 6-4 with a 62-51 home win over Central Michigan
• Freshman Dominique Oden led the Boilermakers in scoring for the third time in her young career, posting 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and grabbing a career-high eight rebounds
• Fellow rookie Ae'Rianna Harris rejected a career-high five shots, becoming the 11th freshman in program history to turn away at least five in a game
• Purdue scored a season-high 19 second-chance points, outscoring CMU in the category by nine (19-10)

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 220 to date and 337 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)

#BOILERNOTES
• Thursday's game is the Boilermakers' third in a stretch of four games in eight days
• The game at Ball State is also the second of three games in 12 games against teams from the Mid-American Conference (Central Michigan: W 62-51, Eastern Michigan)
• Purdue is 62-17 all-time against the MAC (.785)
• Purdue has won five of its last six games, holding four opponents to 55 points or fewer
• The Boilermakers rank third in the Big Ten in scoring defense, holding opponents to 57.4 points per game
• Purdue's success on the boards has been directly tied to its overall success so far this season, owning a 6-1 mark when winning the rebounding battle
Ashley Morrissette has made a 3-pointer in 22 straight games, tying Katie Gearlds' program record of 22 straight set in 2006

Opponent Notes
• Ball State enters Thursday's game at 5-2 overall and 3-0 at home, playing at Worthen for the first time since hosting Chicago State on Dec. 1 (88-53)
• The Cardinals have four players averaging double-figure scoring, led by junior Mariah Monaco at 16.3 points per game
• Sophomore point guard Carmen Grande currently ranks second in the NCAA in assists, dishing out 8.7 per contest
• The Cardinals rank 10th in the nation in assists per game (19.4) and field goal percentage (.486)


 

 

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