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Purdue WBB prepares for Saturday's game at Indiana

Purdue women’s basketball looks to win its second straight conference game Saturday, heading south to archrival Indiana for a 2 p.m. tip.

Posted: Jan. 5, 2018 12:13 AM
Updated: Jan. 5, 2018 12:13 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue women’s basketball looks to win its second straight conference game Saturday, heading south to archrival Indiana for a 2 p.m. tip at Assembly Hall. The Boilermakers aim to secure their first win in Bloomington since the 2012 season, and their second straight victory over the Hoosiers in the series.

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LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue put together one of the best defensive performances in program history, topping Wisconsin 57-35 in Mackey Arena
• The 35 points allowed is the fewest allowed to a Big Ten opponent since Jan. 25, 2007, when the Boilermakers defeated Northwestern 72-30 in Mackey Arena
• Purdue held the Badgers to two points in the second quarter, tying the lowest mark for an opponent in program history and the lowest ever in the Big Ten
• The Boilermakers mounted a 32-0 run over a 13-minute period in the second and third quarters, denying Wisconsin on 21 consecutive possessions
• Purdue held Wisconsin to an opponent season-low 1-of-17 from 3-point range (.059)
• Sophomore Dominique Oden led the Boilermakers with 15 points, hitting on four triples, marking her seventh game this season with at least three 3-pointers
• Fellow sophomore Lamina Cooper stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal

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 247 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and she is eight 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 16-5 against Indiana in Versyp’s tenure

#BOILERNOTES
• Purdue leads the Big Ten and ranks seventh in the NCAA in average attendance this season, hosting 5,855 per game
• The Boilermakers have climbed to third in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 60.2 points per game
• Over the last five games Purdue is holding opponents to 50.2 points per game, 37.4 percent shooting from the field and forcing 19.2 turnovers per game
• Purdue leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth in the NCAA with 90 blocked shots this season
• Senior Andreona Keys is poised to become the 32nd 1,000-point scorer in program history, needing just four more points to hit the mark
• Oden has already hit 92 career 3-pointers, including 31 this season and looks to become the first Boilermaker to hit at least 40 in their first two seasons since Courtney Moses in 2011 and 2012
• Sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris already has 54 blocks this season, tied for 10th on Purdue’s single-season record list and nine shy of the Boilermakers’ sophomore season record of 63, set by Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton in 2005-06

OPPONENT NOTES
• Indiana enters Sunday at 7-9 overall, having lost their first three Big Ten Conference games of the season
• Hoosier senior Tyra Buss is one of the Big Ten’s top scorers, averaging 20.6 points per game
• Buss has played more minutes than any player in the NCAA, averaging 39.4 per game
• Buss and fellow senior Amanda Cahill were named preseason All-Big Ten
• Cahill is averaging 13.4 points and a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game
• Purdue is 54-28 all-time against Indiana, including a 21-13 mark in Bloomington
• Purdue is looking for their first win at Indiana since 2012, when the 13th-ranked Boilermakers earned an 82-60 win
• The Boilermakers won the last meeting with the Hoosiers, taking a 66-60 quarterfinal win at the 2017 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
• Purdue staged one of the largest comebacks in program history in the conference tournament win, overcoming a 17-point second-half deficit
• Oden set a career-high scoring mark, posting 24 points, including five 3-pointers, while senior Ashley Morrissette added 21 points, five rebounds and four assists

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