WBB Looks to Win Sixth Straight Saturday
Dec. 15, 2016


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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Purdue (8-4) vs. Eastern Michigan (4-6)
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 / 4 p.m. ET
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team heads into the tail-end of its non-conference schedule this weekend, hosting Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. ET Saturday in Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers enter the game red-hot, having won five straight and seven of their last eight contests, and have been getting it done with their defense.

After Sunday's 61-27 victory over North Carolina Central, the Boilermakers took over the top spot in the Big Ten Conference and rank 21st nationally in scoring defense, surrendering just 53.6 points per game. Purdue is holding opponents to 34.8 percent shooting from the field and has limited foes to just 29.6 percent during its five-game winning streak.

While the Boilermakers still have a long way to go, with two more non-conference games, a 16-game Big Ten schedule and the 2017 postseason, their current scoring defense average would best the current single-season record at Purdue of 54.6 points per game, set by head coach Sharon Versyp's 2006-07 squad that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. Purdue's defensive presence is even more impressive when accounting for their 14.1 fouls per game and 11.3 opponent free throw attempts per game. Both marks are on track to shatter program records for the Boilermakers and rank near the top of the Big Ten.

"We've been doing a great job following the scouting report," said Purdue senior captain Bridget Perry. "When we've done that we've been successful every time. Knowing (opponents') tendencies and focusing on them and their weaknesses helps us."

LAST TIME OUT
• The Boilermakers cruised to a 61-27 victory over visiting North Carolina Central on Sunday, holding the Eagles to 23.5 percent from the floor and forcing six shot clock violations
• NCCU's total tied for the fourth-lowest by an opponent in program history, and their two points in the third quarter matched the lowest opponent output all-time
• Purdue scored 38 points in the paint, marking its ninth 30-plus point effort inside this season
• The Boilermakers committed five fouls for the game, tying for the second-lowest single-game mark in program history
• Purdue scored 38 points in the paint, marking its ninth 30-plus point effort inside this season
• Purdue committed just nine turnovers, logging its third game of the season with 10 or fewer

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 222 to date and 339 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
• Purdue has won five straight and seven of its last eight games heading into Sunday's contest, holding six opponents to 55 points or fewer
• The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten and rank 21st in the country in scoring defense, holding opponents to 53.6 points per game
• Purdue also leads the Big Ten in fewest fouls per game, committing 14.1 per game, good for 21st in the NCAA
• Eastern Michigan is the Boilermakers' third MAC opponent in the last 12 days, following Central Michigan and Ball State
• The Boilermakers are 63-17 all-time against the MAC, including a 2-0 all-time mark against EMU
• During its five-game win streak, Purdue has held opponents to 46.4 points per game and 29.6 percent from the field, winning by an average of 17.4 points per game
• Senior Ashley Morrissette is 1-of-2 players in the Big Ten currently averaging at least 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game
• Morrissette is six points shy of becoming the 30th player in program history to score 1,000 points in her career
• Freshman Ae'Rianna Harris has set new career-high marks in each of her last three games, blocking five shots vs. Central Michigan, grabbing 10 rebounds at Ball State and scoring 10 points against North Carolina Central
• Junior Andreona Keys has fallen just shy of a double-double in each of her last two games, posting 13 points and nine rebounds at Ball State and finishing with 11 points and eight boards vs. North Carolina Central

Opponent Notes
• Eastern Michigan comes to West Lafayette at 4-6, falling at home to Monmouth on Monday 75-68
• The Eagles are led by junior guard Sasha Dailey, who enters Saturday averaging 20.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game
• Dailey ranks second in the MAC and 21st in the NCAA in scoring this season
• The Boilermakers and Eagles last met in the 2010 WNIT, with Purdue earning a 56-50 victory in Mackey Arena


 

 

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