WBB Opens B1G Play at Rutgers
Dec. 26, 2017

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Purdue (9-5) at Rutgers (12-2)
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 / 2 p.m. ET / BTN+
Rutgers Athletics Center (8,000) / Piscataway, New Jersey

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women’s basketball opens the 36th season of Big Ten Conference play Thursday, heading to Rutgers for a 2 p.m. ET tip at the RAC. The Boilermakers and Scarlet Knights have met just six times in program history, and only four times as conference opponents, with Purdue taking the last two meetings.

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue won the 2017 BTI Invitational with a 70-60 victory over Saint Mary’s at Mackey Arena
• The Boilermakers held the Gaels to just 20 first-half points, shooting 25 percent from the field (8-32)
• Purdue won for the first time all season when an opponent shot over 50 percent for the game as Saint Mary’s hit on 12-of-14 in the third quarter
• The Boilermakers led from wire-to-wire for the second time this season

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 246 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


 

 

#BOILERNOTES
• Purdue is in its 43rd season of women’s basketball, holding a 832-457 all-time record, including a 384-211 mark in Big Ten competition and a 263-237 record on the road (164-133 B1G)
• The Boilermakers are 199-86 all-time in December, including a 61-47 record on the road and a 56-26 mark under head coach Sharon Versyp
• Purdue leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth in the NCAA in average attendance this season, hosting 5,810 per game
• The Boilermakers have scored 77 points off turnovers in the last three games, forcing 62 combined
• Purdue is ranked in the top-50 in the NCAA in all three shooting categories, sitting 39th in field goal percentage (.452), 23rd in 3-point percentage (.386) and 45th in free throw percentage (.743)
• The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten Conference in blocked shots this season, ranking 24th in the NCAA at 5.6 blocks per game
• Sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris was named to the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week honor roll after a pair of double-doubles and BTI Invitational MVP honors last week
• Harris is fifth in the NCAA with 3.21 blocked shots per game this season
• Fellow sophomore Dominique Oden was named to the BTI Invitational All-Tournament team, averaging 14.0 points per game and has scored in double figures in five straight games
• Freshman Karissa McLaughlin led Purdue in scoring last time out, hitting a career-high five 3’s on her way to 17 points, and adding five assists

OPPONENT NOTES
• Rutgers has posted one of the most impressive turn-arounds in the NCAA this season, going 12-2 in the non-conference season after winning six games in 2016-17
• The Scarlet Knights leads the nation in steals, snagging 185 this season and rank seventh in the NCAA with 13.2 per game
• Rutgers leads the Big Ten and ranks 24th in the country in scoring defense, allowing 55 points per game
• Senior Tyler Scaife ranks fourth in the Big Ten and 17th in the NCAA with 21.2 points per game, but is the only Scarlet Knight averaging double figures this season
• Purdue won its only meeting against Rutgers last season, earning a 55-42 victory in Mackey Arena
• The win started a key seven-game win streak to close the season and help earn the Boilermakers an NCAA Tournament at-large bid
Ashley Morrissette paced the Boilermakers with 19 points and six assists, while Dominique Oden tallied 10 points and five rebounds

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