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Purdue WBB looks for third-straight win, hosting Northwestern Thursday

Purdue women's basketball looks to win its third straight game and sixth in a row at Mackey Arena on Thursday.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 1:45 AM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2018 1:45 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue women's basketball looks to win its third straight game and sixth in a row at Mackey Arena on Thursday, hosting Northwestern for a 7 p.m. ET tip. The Boilermakers are coming off back-to-back wins over ranked opponents, taking down No. 21 Rutgers and No. 18 Iowa last week, and aim to maintain momentum against a young Wildcat roster.

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LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue clipped its second straight ranked opponent Saturday, toppling No. 18 Iowa on the road 76-70
• The Boilermakers surpassed the 50-percent shooting mark for the fifth time this season, knocking down 50.9 percent (29-57) from the floor, including a 9-for-17 clip from behind the arc
• Purdue forced Iowa into 16 turnovers, converting them into 16 points and a 16-8 advantage in the category
• The Boilermakers outscored Iowa 25-17 in the third quarter, hitting 10-of-15 from the floor as Keys, Oden and McLaughlin combined for all 25 points
• It was the Boilermakers' first win in Iowa City since Dec. 28, 2008, snapping a five-game losing streak at Iowa
• Senior Andreona Keys let loose for a career-high 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting, hitting a career-high four 3-pointers, and scoring 22 in the second half
• Sophomore Dominique Oden and freshman Karissa McLaughlin scored 16 and 15, respectively, combining to shoot 11-of-20 from the floor and 5-of-11 from 3-point range

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 249 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and she is six 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 13-5 against Northwestern in Versyp's tenure

#BOILERNOTES
• Purdue ranks first in the Big Ten and No. 8 in the NCAA in attendance this season, averaging 5,847 fans per game
• The Boilermakers have played the No. 18 strength of schedule in the NCAA this season
• With last week's wins over No. 21 Rutgers and No. 18 Iowa, the Boilermakers have now beaten a ranked opponent in 25 straight seasons, and own at least two wins over ranked opponents in 21 of those
• Purdue has held two Big Ten opponents under the 40-point mark this season, leads conference play in scoring defense at 53.6 points per game
• The Boilermakers are now second in the conference in scoring defense on the season, holding teams to 59.9 points per game
• Purdue is second in the Big Ten at the free throw line, hitting 76.2 percent on the year, and leads conference play with a 82.2 percent conversion rate at the stripe
• After her performance at Iowa, Keys was named the College Sports Madness Big Ten Player of the Week and earned a spot on the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll
• Keys is also tied for 27th in program history with 1,057 points, matching FahKara Malone on the all-time scoring list
• Junior Nora Kiesler posted season-high marks for scoring, steals and minutes at Iowa on Saturday, finishing with seven points, four rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes
• The Boilermakers are 6-0 this season when McLaughlin and Oden both reach double figures, 9-1 when Oden scores 10 or more, and 7-1 when McLaughlin hits double digits

OPPONENT NOTES
• Northwestern comes to Mackey at 9-10 overall and 2-3 in conference play, coming off a 69-60 win vs. Wisconsin last week
• The Wildcats are 3-3 on the road this season, including a 74-59 win at Illinois on New Year's Eve
• Freshman Lindsey Pulliam is the Big Ten's top scoring rookie, averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game
• Junior Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah averages a double-double for Northwestern at 10.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, ranking ninth in the NCAA with 10 double-doubles on the season
• Kunaiyi-Akpanah is 16th in the nation in rebounding on the season, and is second in the Big Ten during conference play at 13.4 boards per game
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Northwestern 47-22, including a 25-7 mark in Mackey Arena
• The series is split at 3-3 over the last five seasons, with both teams going 2-1 at home
• The Boilermakers won a thriller at Mackey Arena to close the 2016-17 regular season as Keys grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back as time expired to earn a 61-59 win over the Wildcats
• Keys just missed a double-double in the win, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while Oden hit three 3's on her way to 11 points

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