Purdue women's basketball head coach Sharon Versyp announced her non-conference schedule for the 2019-20 season Thursday, unveiling the exhibition opponent and eight regular season games.
The Boilermakers will play at least seven times in Mackey Arena to get the year going, facing opponents from six difference conferences in addition to the opponents still to be announced for the 2019 Gulf Coast Showcase and Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Boilermakers will put the uniforms on for the first time Nov. 3, hosting Southern Indiana for an exhibition contest at Mackey Arena. The season and home opener follows a week later as 2019-20 officially begins against Milwaukee on Sunday, Nov. 10. It will be Purdue's first game against the Panthers since 2003, and the 41st meeting between the Boilermakers and a foe from the Horizon League.
Purdue's first road game will be the first-ever matchup between the Boilermakers and Chattanooga, making the Mocs the 200th opponent in program history. Chattanooga hails from the Southern Conference, Purdue's second opponent ever from the league, and will host the Boilermakers on Nov. 14.
Western Illinois and Northern Illinois will come to Mackey Arena on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, respectively, playing the Leathernecks for the second straight season and meeting the Huskies for the first time since 1998. The Boilermakers defeated Western Illinois 81-60 early in 2018-19, using 22 points and five assists from Karissa McLaughlin.
After three games in Florida at the Gulf Coast Showcase and the annual conference showdown with the ACC, the Boilermakers return to Mackey Arena to host Kent State on Dec. 8. Purdue's last meeting with the Golden Flashes produced the highest scoring game in program history as the Boilermakers won 129-81 in 1990 at Mackey Arena.
In a rematch of last year's double-overtime thriller at Mackey, the Boilermakers head to Columbia, South Carolina to face the Gamecocks on Dec. 15. South Carolina outlasted the Boilermakers 82-73 after 50 minutes of play, despite 25 points from McLaughlin, 19 points and 10 rebounds from Dominique Oden and 11 points, six rebounds and five assists from Kayana Traylor. The Gamecocks advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, falling to eventual national champion Baylor, and led the NCAA in attendance last season with 10,406 fans per game.
The non-conference schedule concludes on Dec. 18 and Dec. 21, hosting Western Kentucky and Bowling Green, respectively. The Boilermakers and Hilltoppers will meet for the first time since 1977, playing out of Conference USA, while Purdue's meeting with the Falcons is the 10th in series history and first since 2013.