Purdue hits the road for last time

Photo Courtesy: Purduesports.com
Photo Courtesy: Purduesports.com

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Winners of their last three games, the Boilermakers head to Minnesota with a 41-17 all-time record against the Gophers, including an 18-12 record at Williams Arena.

Minnesota enters Thursday’s match-up at 17-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play, riding a four-game Big Ten win streak. After beginning conference action 2-6, the Golden Gophers have earned road wins at Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern and a home victory over Illinois. Junior Rachel Banham leads Minnesota and is one of the Big Ten’s most dynamic scorers, averaging a conference-best 22.5 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the floor.

Three of the last five meetings have been on Minnesota’s home turf and Purdue have won by an average of 13 points, including last year’s 75-63 victory.

Purdue will be looking to get off to a better start on Thursday night. The Boilermakers last two games have been two of the biggest comebacks in school history. Purdue trailed by 14 at Michigan before finishing with a 65-56 win, and rebounded from a 18-point deficit against Iowa on Sunday to earn a 74-73 victory.

With 1,564 career points, Moses is just one-point shy of tying head coach Sharon Versyp for 13th on Purdue’s all-time scoring list. After her 11th career game with at least six three-point field goals, her 225 career triples are just nine shy of a spot on the Big Ten’s all-time top-10 list (234, Katie Voigt, Wisconsin), and 13 shy of matching Katie Gearlds for the Boilermakers’ career record.

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