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  • Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette How freshman Karissa McLaughlin, left, the 2017 Indiana Miss Basketball from Homestead, blends in with what is a relatively young team will be key to the Boilermakers' season.

Thursday, November 09, 2017 1:00 am

Purdue Women's Breakdown

Schedule

Nov. 5: Saint Francis, 2 p.m. (exhibition)

Nov. 10: at Cent. Michigan, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Lamar, 1 p.m.

Nov. 20: at Utah, 9 p.m.

Nov. 24: vs. USC, at Hawaii, 9 p.m.

Nov. 25: at Hawaii, 11:30 p.m.

Nov. 26: vs. Marist, at Hawaii, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 30: at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

Dec. 4: Ball State, 7 p.m.

Dec. 8: Valparaiso, 7 p.m.

Dec. 10: Ohio, 2 p.m.

Dec. 17: Eastern Washington, noon

Dec. 18: Tennessee-Martin, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 20: Saint Mary's, 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: at Rutgers, 2 p.m.

Dec. 31: Wisconsin, 2 p.m.

Jan. 6: at Indiana, 2 p.m.

Jan. 10: Rutgers, 7 p.m.

Jan. 13: at Iowa, 4 p.m.

Jan. 18: Northwestern, 7 p.m.

Jan. 24: at Nebraska, 8 p.m.

Jan. 28: Penn State, noon

Feb. 1: at Michigan, 8 p.m.

Feb. 4: at Illinois, 2 p.m.

Feb. 8: Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Feb. 12: Indiana, 7 p.m.

Feb. 15: at Maryland, 6 p.m.

Feb. 18: at Ohio St., 1 p.m.

Feb. 21: Illinois, 7 p.m.

Feb. 24: Michigan St., 2 p.m.

5 facts

• The Boilermakers have a 30-game regular-season schedule, including 16 Big Ten games, 16 home games, 12 road games and two at neutral sites.

• Purdue has three first-time opponents on its 2017-18 schedule, including Lamar, Southern California and Saint Mary's College. The Boilermakers are 140-53 in first-time encounters.

• The season opener at Central Michigan marks only the 13th time (7-5) Purdue has opened its season away from Mackey Arena.

• Coach Sharon Versyp needs three victories to reach 275.

• Purdue plays back-to-back road games against reigning Big Ten co-champions Maryland on Feb. 15 and then at Ohio State on Feb. 18.

4 games of interest

Nov. 18 vs. Lamar: Purdue plays host to Lamar (22-8), which was 15-3 in the Southland Conference last season.

Nov. 30 at Georgia Tech: The Boilermakers pay a visit to Georgia Tech 22-15, which is coached by former Purdue star MaChelle Joseph, the Auburn native and DeKalb graduate.

Jan. 6 and Feb. 12: Purdue will play host to Indiana (23-11) in January and will travel to Bloomington in February.

Feb. 15 at Maryland: The Boilermakers will travel to College Park, Maryland, to face the reigning Big Ten Tournament champion Terrapins (32-3).

3 key players

Karissa McLaughlin, Fr., G, 5-7: 0.0 points, 0.0 rebounds and 0.0 assists

Dominique Oden, Soph., G, 5-8: 10.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists

Are' Riannna Harris, Soph., G, 6-1: 7.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists

2 points of concern

Turnovers: Purdue was guilty of 234 turnovers during a 23-13 season, too many to beat elite teams.

Karissa on court: How will standout freshman Karissa McLaughlin – 2017 Miss Basketball from Homestead – blend in with what is a relatively young team?

1 major issue

3-point shooting: Purdue shot only 33.5 percent from 3-point range (177 of 528) last season, while opponents sank 189 from long range. McLaughlin should be a big help to the Boilermakers in the 3-point shooting department.

– Jeff Washburn, For The Journal Gazette