Purdue Women’s Basketball Hosts No. 3 Maryland on Thursday

Tickets are available as low as $1 for Thursday’s game


Purdue (14-8/5-3) vs. No. 3/3 Maryland (21-1/9-0)

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 / 8 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network

Mackey Arena (14,804) / West Lafayette, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –  Purdue women’s basketball plays host to its highest-ranked opponent of the season Thursday, welcoming third-ranked Maryland to Mackey Arena for an 8 p.m. ET tip, live on the Big Ten Network. The game will be the 25th time the Boilermakers have squared off with a top-five opponent in Mackey Arena, looking to play giant-killer for the 13th time.

Purdue’s first top-five victory in Mackey Arena came on Nov. 26, 1988, when the unranked Boilermakers toppled No. 3 Texas 76-71. Behind 22 points and five assists from MaChelle Joseph and 17 points and seven rebounds from Joy Holmes, Purdue took down the Longhorns in the championship game of the Boilermaker Classic. The Old Gold & Black went on to advance to its first NCAA Tournament that season, finishing at 24-6 overall and 14-4 in Big Ten play.

The Boilermakers have notched four top-five wins under head coach Sharon Versyp: defeating No. 5 Ohio State in the 2007 Big Ten Tournament 64-52, topping No. 4 Texas in 2009, 66-55, taking down fourth-ranked Ohio State in 2010, 63-61, and knocking off No. 4 Texas A&M in 2011, 60-51. Purdue’s last win over the No. 3 team in the nation was a big one as the Boilermakers took down third-ranked Louisiana Tech in the 1999 NCAA Final Four on their way to the national title.

Thursday is Fan Appreciation Night, and we’ll honor the Mackey Arena faithful with $3 lower-bowl reserved seating and $1 lower value tickets. In addition, we’ll also honor the men and women who’ve served the U.S. Armed Forces with $2 lower-bowl reserved seating tickets. For all questions regarding tickets to the game please call 1-800-49-SPORT.


• The Boilermakers picked up their second straight win last Thursday, posting an 88-45 victory over visiting Nebraska in Mackey Arena

• Purdue set a series of season-highs: scoring (88), field goals (35), assists (24), points in the paint (48)

• The win is the ninth-largest Big Ten home victory in program history (+43), and the largest for the Boilermakers since a 72-30 win over Northwestern on Jan. 25, 2007

• Purdue hit 52.2 percent from the field (35-67), good for their fifth game of the season shooting 50 percent or better

• The Boilermakers forced Nebraska into 24 turnovers, matching the most by an opponent this season (at Wisconsin), converting them into 27 points

• Purdue outrebounded Nebraska 39-24, limiting the Huskers to three offensive rebounds, and posting a 17-1 edge on second-chance points

• The Purdue freshmen combined for a season-high 42 points, marking their sixth straight game with at least 20 combined and 15th of the year


• In her 11th year as the Boilermakers’ head coach, giving her the longest tenure of any coach in program history

• Winningest Purdue women’s basketball head coach, earning 228 to date and 345 for her career, and second in program history in Big Ten Conference wins with 105

• Purdue’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances under Versyp are the most under any head coach in program history

• Starred for the Boilermakers from 1985-88, scoring the 13th-most points in program history and was the fourth-fastest player at Purdue to reach 1,000-career points (77 games)

• One-of-2 Big Ten head coaches to lead her alma mater (Amy Williams, Nebraska)

• One-of-2 former Boilermakers to serve as a head coach for a Big Ten team (Teri Moren, Indiana)


• Purdue is tied for fourth in Big Ten play at 5-3, even with Indiana and Northwestern at the midway point of the Big Ten Conference season

• The Boilermakers are 8-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points, including a 3-0 mark in conference play

• Purdue leads the conference and ranks 26th in the NCAA in scoring defense, holding opponents to 56.5 ppg, including holding Nebraska to a conference-low 45 points last Thursday

• When holding opponents to 60 points or fewer this season the Boilermakers hold a 12-1 record, including four of their five Big Ten wins

• The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten and rank 15th nationally in fewest fouls, committing 14.0 per contest, and 13.4 fouls per game in conference play

• Purdue also holds top-50 NCAA rankings in assist-turnover ratio (1.13), assists per game (15.9), blocks per game (4.9) and turnovers per game (14.0)

• Over the last five games the Boilermakers are outscoring opponents 62-to-11 on the fast break, including 22 points on the break at Michigan State and a 12-2 advantage over Nebraska last time out

• Purdue is the Big Ten Conference leader and ranks ninth nationally in average attendance, hosting 5,815 fans per game at Mackey Arena

• Ashley Morrissette is ranked 11th in Big Ten play with 17.5 points per game and is 1-of-2 players averaging at least 17.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in conference action

• Morrissette is the only player in the conference with at least six steals in multiple Big Ten games this season

• Dominique Oden has drained 33 3-pointers this season, good for ninth-most by a Purdue freshman in program history

• Ae’Rianna Harris is coming off a career-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting against Nebraska, adding five rebounds a block and a steal in 23 minutes

• Harris is shooting 60.9 percent in Big Ten play, good for fourth-best in the conference

• Lamina Cooper is averaging 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 21.7 minutes per game over the last three contests, hitting 66.7 percent from the floor and committing zero turnovers


• Maryland comes to Purdue at 21-1 overall and 9-0 in Big Ten play, including a 100-81 win over visiting Iowa at the XFINITY Center on Sunday

• The Terrapins are ranked third in the nation in the AP and Coaches Polls, and are the Boilermakers’ highest-ranked opponent of the season

• Maryland has won 43-of-45 conference games since joining the Big Ten, winning the last two regular season conference and postseason tournament titles

• The Terrapins are led by the senior tandem of Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who lead the team in scoring at 19.4 and 16.9 points per game, respectively

• Jones is second in the nation in field goal percentage, converting 69.2 percent from the field and is tied for fourth in the nation with 14 double-doubles


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