WBB Hosts Wisconsin New Year’s Eve
Dec. 29, 2017

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION
Wisconsin (7-7/0-1 B1G) at Purdue (9-6/0-1 B1G)
Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 / 2 p.m. ET / BTN+
Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women’s basketball is set for its Big Ten Conference home opener Sunday, hosting Wisconsin for a 2 p.m. New Year’s Eve clash at Mackey Arena. The game marks the second straight year the Boilermakers have played on the final day of the calendar, and the eighth time in program history.

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue suffered a hard-fought loss at Rutgers on Thursday, going cold in the fourth quarter to fall 58-50
• The Boilermakers held Rutgers to 31.1 percent shooting, but hit only 33.3 percent themselves
• The Scarlet Knights hit on 6-of-11 from 3-point range and 14-of-17 at the free throw line
• Purdue dished out a season-low eight assists
• The Boilermakers outscored Rutgers in the paint 22-14
• Senior Andreona Keys and freshman Karissa McLaughlin led Purdue in scoring with 13 points each
• Sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris tied her career-high with seven blocked shots, marking her second game with seven this season and her third straight with at least five


 

 

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
• The Boilermakers are 14-6 against Wisconsin in Versyp’s tenure, including the last two meetings

#BOILERNOTES
• Purdue leads the Big Ten and ranks eighth in the NCAA in average attendance this season, hosting 5,810 per game
• The Boilermakers have been perfect at the free throw line on three occasions this season, including a 10-for-10 performance Thursday, and rank third in the Big Ten and 32nd in the NCAA with 75.4 percent at the stripe
• Over their last four games Purdue is holding opponents to 58 points per game and 38.6 percent shooting from the field
• Purdue leads the Big Ten and ranks 15th in the NCAA with 5.7 blocked shots per game
• Keys needs 14 points to become the 32nd 1,000-point scorer in Purdue women’s basketball history
• Sophomore Dominique Oden ranks sixth in the Big Ten in free throw percentage this season, knocking down 85 percent at the charity stripe
• Freshman Karissa McLaughlin has hit at least three triples in each of her last three games, including a season-high five vs. Saint Mary’s
• With her seven blocks Thursday at Rutgers, Harris is the third player in program history to post multiple games with at least seven rejections, joining Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Camille Cooper
• Harris is also posting a major improvement at the foul line in her sophomore season, hitting 82.5 percent up from 55.1 percent last season

OPPONENT NOTES
• Wisconsin comes to West Lafayette at 7-7 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten after falling in their conference opener to Iowa at home 56-46
• The Badgers are 1-3 on the road this season, falling on their only trip to Indiana with a 69-62 loss at Butler
• Senior Cayla McMorris paces Wisconsin with 14.6 points per game, good for 13th in the Big Ten, and adds 7.1 boards per game, but missed the conference opener against the Hawkeyes on Thursday
• Junior Marsha Howard averages just shy of a double-double as well for the Badgers with 11.5 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game
• Purdue is 50-19 all-time against Wisconsin, including a 27-5 mark in Mackey Arena
• The Boilermakers have won the last two meetings against the Badgers, including a 79-57 victory in Madison last season
• Then-junior Andreona Keys scored a career-high 18 points, including a career-high three 3-pointers, and led five Boilermakers in double figures
• Keys also had four assists and a career-high five steals

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