Purdue women look to carry momentum into Illinois game

The Purdue women’s basketball team looks to continue its conference hot streak Sunday, heading over to Illinois for a 2 p.m. ET tip at the State Farm Center.

Posted: Feb 4, 2018 12:15 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — The Purdue women’s basketball team looks to continue its conference hot streak Sunday, heading over to Illinois for a 2 p.m. ET tip at the State Farm Center. The contest marks the third straight to air on the Big Ten Network for the Old Gold and Black as they aim to keep pace with the conference leaders atop the Big Ten standings.

• Purdue posted the largest fourth-quarter comeback in program history, rallying from 16 points down to take No. 13 Michigan to overtime and earn an 81-79 victory
• The Boilermakers held the Wolverines scoreless for the final 6:48 of regulation, limiting them to 16.7 percent in the fourth quarter and just six points
• Purdue hit 11-of-27 from 3-point range, tying the seventh-most triples in a game in program history, and third-most in a Big Ten Conference game
• Sophomore Dominique Oden poured in 26 points, matching her career-high, including the game-tying bucket with 0.7 seconds remaining in regulation
• Freshman Karissa McLaughlin and sophomore Lamina Cooper both tied career-high scoring totals with 21 and 18 points, respectively
• McLaughlin tied a freshman single-game record with six 3-pointers, including the game-winning triple in overtime
• Purdue improved to 33-26 all-time in overtime, including a 13-10 mark under head coach Sharon Versyp and 22-11 record all-time on the road
• The Boilermakers are 29-15 against conference opponents in overtime games, 12-5 under Versyp

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 252 wins at Purdue are the most in school history, and she is three 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 17-3 against Illinois in Versyp’s tenure

• • The Boilermakers are ranked No. 37 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and have played the No. 24 strength of schedule this season (NCAA.com)
• With wins over No. 21 Rutgers, No. 18 Iowa and No. 13 Michigan, the Boilermakers have now beaten a ranked opponent in 25 straight seasons, and own at least three wins over ranked opponents in 20 seasons all-time
• The Boilermakers have won five of their last six games, including two on the road, shooting 48.2 percent during the run, including a 38.9 percent from 3-point range
• Purdue leads the Big Ten and ranks No. 21 in the NCAA at the free throw line, hitting 76.4 percent on the year, and is second in conference play with an 79.9 percent conversion rate at the stripe
• The Boilermakers have kept opponents off the free throw line this season, surrendering 8.3 free throw makes per game and committing just 13.8 fouls per game, 16th fewest in the NCAA
• Senior Andreona Keys is six rebounds shy of joining Stephanie White and Katie Douglas as the third player in program history to log 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists in their career
• Oden is averaging 18.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game over her last six, shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from 3-point range
• Oden has scored 20+ in back-to-back games and three of her last four, posting a career-high 26 points twice
• Sophomore Ae’Rianna Harris is three blocks shy of eclipsing her freshman total of 75, posted in 36 games last season, aiming to track down Stacey Lovelace’s 1995 total of 81, which is second-most in a season in program history
• Cooper has increased her freshman scoring average by over six points this season, dropping 10.2 per game on the year, including a career-high 18 last time out
• McLaughlin has matched a different Purdue freshman record in each of her last two outings, and became the first Boilermaker to play every minute of an overtime game since 2016 with her 45 minutes at Michigan on Thursday

• The Fighting Illini enter Sunday at 9-15 overall, having lost 11 straight and sitting 0-10 in Big Ten Conference play
• Illinois junior Alex Wittinger leads her team with 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game
• Wittinger has 1-of-2 triple doubles in the Big Ten this season, posting 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks at Penn State on Jan. 23
• Sophomore Brandi Beasley was a member of the 2017 Big Ten All-Freshman team, and is averaging 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game
• The Fighting Illini feature eight players averaging at last 12 minutes per game
• Purdue leads the all-time series against Illinois 55-17, marking the most wins against any opponent in program history
• The Boilermakers hold a 23-11 edge in Champaign, including five straight at the State Farm Center
• Purdue has won the last three meetings and 10 of the last 11 against Illinois
• Purdue earned a 72-58 victory over Illinois in the second round of the 2017 Big Ten Tournament, going on to advance to the championship game
• Andreona Keys scored a career-high 26 points in the victory, hitting 10-of-14 from the floor, and added six rebounds, five assists and two steals

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