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Purdue (9-4) vs. IUPUI (8-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 / Noon ET / BTN Plus
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team hosts its final non-conference game of the regular season Wednesday, welcoming intrastate rival IUPUI to Mackey Arena for a noon tipoff. The Boilermakers aim to continue their recent hot streak, winning six straight and eight of their last nine games, while the Jaguars hope to bounce back after an overtime loss at Belmont on Sunday.
Wednesday's game will be Purdue's 169th all-time meeting against a NCAA Division I opponent from Indiana, heading into the game with a 122-46 mark against intrastate foes. The win percentage gets even more impressive inside Mackey Arena, going 64-19 (.771) at home, and both totals jump even more significantly when including games since 1981-82, posting a 112-22 mark overall and 58-11 in Mackey. In fact, only four teams from the Hoosier state can boast wins over the Boilermakers in Mackey Arena, and only Indiana and Notre Dame have won in West Lafayette since 1981-82.
"It's incredibly important to play teams from your home state, but even more so to beat them," said Purdue head Coach Sharon Versyp. "These games are always great because they feature a ton of local players, former teammates, former rivals and even some alumni on the respective staffs. The desire to win always goes up in these games."
Wednesday's game features several of these circumstances with six Indiana natives on the Purdue roster, six on the Jaguars' roster and a Purdue men's basketball alumnus serving as the IUPUI head coach in Austin Parkinson. Parkinson has both his B.S. and Master's Degree from Purdue, and played for the Old Gold & Black from 2000-04.
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers picked up their sixth straight win, topping visiting Eastern Michigan 77-50
Purdue scored 24 points off of 14 EMU turnovers, marking its highest points-off-turnovers mark of the season
The Boilermakers secured their sixth double-digit rebounding advantage of the season, outboarding the Eagles 44-33
Purdue shot a season-high 67 times, including a season-most 22 times from 3-point range
Ashley Morrissette became the 30th 1,000-point scorer in program history, and extended her school record 3-point streak to 25 games
Bridget Perry scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Andreona Keys dished out a career-high nine assists
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 223 to date and 340 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 six straight and eight of its last nine games heading into Sunday's contest, holding seven opponents to 55 points or fewer
The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten and rank 21st in the country in scoring defense, holding opponents to 53.3 points per game
Purdue also leads the Big Ten in fewest fouls per game, committing 14.1 per game, good for 20th in the NCAA
During its six-game win streak, Purdue has held opponents to 47.0 points per game and 30.3 percent from the field, winning by an average of 19.0 points per game
Purdue has trailed for a total of 2:35 over their last five games
The Boilermakers have scored 30+ points in the paint in 10 of their last 11 games
Purdue's freshman class is averaging a combined 20.9 points per game on the season, accounting for 31.9 percent of the Boilermakers' total scoring
The Boilermakers are 8-0 this season when dishing out at least 14 assists as a team
IUPUI comes to Mackey Arena at 8-3 overall, fresh off a 78-72 overtime loss at Belmont on Sunday
The Jaguars are coached by Purdue men's basketball alumnus Austin Parkinson, who is in his seventh season at IUPUI and has a career record of 96-92
Parkinson played for the Boilermakers from 2000-04, and finished his career ranked 10th on Purdue's all-time assists list
Senior Kelsi Byrd is the younger sister of former Purdue men's basketball standout D.J. Byrd, who starred for the Boilermakers from 2010-13
The Jaguars are led by junior Danielle Lawrence, who enters Wednesday averaging 15.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game
IUPUI shoots an impressive 38 percent from 3-point range as a team, and has made 75 percent from the charity stripe