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Purdue (7-4) vs. North Carolina Central (1-5)
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 / 1 p.m. ET / BTN Plus
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team wraps up an intense run of four games in eight days Sunday at Mackey Arena, hosting North Carolina Central for the first time in program history. The Boilermakers have won four straight and six of their last seven games heading into the weekend, including Thursday’s 58-42 victory at Ball State.
Freshman Dominique Oden scored 2,000 points at the Marist School in Atlanta, and has picked up right where she left off by scoring in double figures in eight of her first 10 collegiate games. She’s led the Boilermakers in scoring four times already this season, including each of the last two contests with 17 points against Central Michigan on Tuesday and 15 points at Ball State on Thursday.
She’s been incredibly efficient from the field, netting 48.5 percent from the floor and 82.4 percent at the free throw line, and is second on the team with 15 3-pointers this season. Oden’s taken excellent care of the ball as well, surrendering just 11 turnovers on the season, including zero in her last 77 minutes of play.
WBB: #Purdue 13, Ball State 8, 4:36. Oden 8 points. I'm elevating her to a sophomore. Done enough as a freshman
— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) December 9, 2016
LAST TIME OUT
• The Boilermakers picked up a 58-42 road victory at Ball State on Thursday, holding the Cardinals to 23.1 percent shooting, and 13.3 percent from behind the arc
• Purdue was outrebounded for the first time in five games, 45-44, and earned its first win of the season when losing the battle on the boards
• Ae’Rianna Harris posted her first career double-digit rebounding game, grabbing 10 boards
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 221 to date and 338 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 has won four straight and six of its last seven games heading into Sunday’s contest, holding five opponents to 55 points or fewer
• The Boilermakers are 139-53 in inaugural meetings, and will meet North Carolina Central for the first time in program history Sunday
• North Carolina Central will be just the third opponent in school history from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
• Purdue remains third in the Big Ten Conference in scoring defense this season, surrendering 56.0 points per game
• The Boilermakers are second in the conference in blocked shots, rejecting 4.9 per game and averaging 7.8 per contest in Mackey Arena
• Ashley Morrissette has made a 3-pointer in 23 straight games, breaking Katie Gearlds’ program record of 22 straight set in 2006
• Purdue is 21-4 over the last two seasons when Andreona Keys grabs at least five rebounds, including a 7-1 mark this season
• North Carolina Central comes to West Lafayette at 1-5 on the season and has lost their last three contests
• The Eagles are led in scoring by freshman Jada Blow, who comes in averaging 10.7 points per game
• The majority of NCC’s struggles have come in the first quarter, where they’ve been outscored 49-95 on the season
• The Eagles are +2 in the second quarter for the season (71-69) and have played opponents even in the fourth quarter (103-103)