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Purdue women seek 4th-straight win, Visiting much improved Nebraska

Purdue women’s basketball aims to keep its win streak alive Wednesday, heading to Nebraska for an 8 p.m. ET showdown at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Posted: Jan 23, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2018 6:40 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue women’s basketball aims to keep its win streak alive Wednesday, heading to Nebraska for an 8 p.m. ET showdown at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Boilermakers and Huskers near the midway point of the conference season just one-game behind the Big Ten leaders, both looking to solidify themselves as contenders for the 2018 conference title.

LAST TIME OUT
• Purdue earned its third straight win and its sixth consecutive victory in Mackey Arena with a 63-60 decision over Northwestern last Thursday
• The Boilermakers got out to a 20-11 lead after the first quarter and never trailed, marking their third wire-to-wire win of the season
• Purdue hit on 44.9 percent from the field, including 61.9 percent in the second half and 70 percent in the fourth quarter
• The Boilermakers committed just 10 fouls for the game, while getting to the free throw line 17 times themselves
• Sophomore Dominique Oden scored a career-high 26 points, tying a Boilermaker single-game record by going 5-of-5 from 3-point range
• Classmate Ae’Rianna Harris was just shy of a double-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots
• Senior Andreona Keys dished out a season-high seven assists as the Boilermakers helped on 17 of their 22 field goals for the game (.773)

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 250 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and she is five 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
• Every matchup between the Boilermakers and Huskers have happened during Versyp’s tenure as Purdue head coach, sitting 7-3 in the all-time series and 3-1 in Lincoln

#BOILERNOTES
• The Boilermakers are receiving votes in the AP Poll for the second straight week and earned votes in the USA Today/Coaches’ Poll last week as well
• Purdue has held two Big Ten opponents under the 40-point mark this season, and leads conference play in scoring defense at 54.7 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 and No. 21 in the NCAA at the free throw line, hitting 76.3 percent on the year, and leads conference play with an 81.1 percent conversion rate at the stripe
• Keys is seven assists shy of becoming the 16th player in program history with 300 career assists
• Oden is the fourth player in program history to go 5-of-5 from 3-point range in a game, joining Carol Madsen (1990), Jodi Howell (2009) and Ashley Morrissette (2017)
• Junior Nora Kiesler has given the Boilermakers a huge lift off the bench in the last two games, averaging 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds
• Harris continues her assault on the Purdue blocked shots record books, taking over the sophomore season record with her 64th rejection last time out
• Harris now owns the No. 3 single-season mark (75, 2017), the No. 6 single-season mark (64, 2018) and already ranks seventh all-time at Purdue (139)

OPPONENT NOTES
• Nebraska welcomes the Boilermakers to Lincoln at 14-6 overall and 5-2 in conference play, winning their last two games over Iowa and Rutgers
• Nebraska has had an incredible turnaround from 2016-17, already doubling their win total from last season
• The Huskers have been incredible on the road this season, posting a perfect 7-0 mark, while sitting 6-5 on their home floor
• Nebraska ranks 22nd in the NCAA in assists per game, led by sophomore Hannah Whitish who’s third in the Big Ten at 5.3 helpers per contest
• Freshman Kate Cain leads the conference and ranks fifth in the NCAA with 3.55 blocks per game
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Nebraska 7-3, including the last two meetings
• The Boilermakers are 3-1 in Lincoln, including a 68-50 win at Pinnacle Bank Arena in 2016, where Andreona Keys stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks
• The Purdue vs. Nebraska series has seen its share of extra basketball with the first three meetings going to overtime, including a triple OT game at Mackey Arena and a double overtime affair in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament Championship game
• Last year the Boilermakers posted an 88-45 victory over Nebraska at Mackey Arena, Purdue’s largest over a conference opponent in a decade
• Ashley Morrissette led the rout with 21 points, eight assists and six steals, while Ae’Rianna Harris and Oden added 19 and 16 points, respectively

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