WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – Purdue Women’s Basketball was granted its 24th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history on Monday, earning the No. 4 seed in the South Bend Regional.
The Boilermakers will host 13th-seeded Akron on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Mackey Arena, while No. 5 seed Oklahoma State and 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast will play at 11 a.m. at Purdue’s first- and second-round site.
The Boilermakers enter the tournament at 21-8 overall, including an 11-5 conference record, coming off a second-round loss to Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament. Akron earned its automatic bid to the tournament by winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament, finishing 23-9 overall with a 14-4 MAC record.
Purdue and Akron have never met before in program history. Purdue earns the No. 4 seed for the eighth time in school history, advancing to a pair of Elite Eights and four Sweet 16’s.
The NCAA Championship bid is Purdue’s fourth straight under head coach Sharon Versyp and her seventh in eight years with the Boilermakers. Purdue is 45-22 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including the 1999 national championship, three Final Four appearances, eight trips to the Elite Eight (including two under Versyp) and 12 Sweet 16’s.
Saturday’s game will be the 27th NCAA Tournament game for the Boilermakers at Mackey Arena, and marks the 17th NCAA women’s championship event to be played in Purdue’s home venue. Mackey Arena played host to NCAA Tournament first- and second-round games in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2012. In addition, the Boilermakers played host to NCAA Mideast Regionals in 1992 and 1997.
The Boilermakers are 19-7 on their home floor in tournament play, including an 11-0 mark in the first round.