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Boilermakers' coach chases 300th career win in NCAA women's tourney opener

  • Akron head coach Jodi Kest yells to her team during during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, March 21, 2014.  Akron plays Purdue in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Akron head coach Jodi Kest yells to her team during during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, March 21, 2014. Akron plays Purdue in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Akron guard Hanna Luburgh brings the ball up court during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, March 21, 2014.  Akron plays Purdue in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Akron guard Hanna Luburgh brings the ball up court during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, March 21, 2014. Akron plays Purdue in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS TEAM TO OKLAHOMA STATE, NOT FLORIDA GULF COAST - Jack Easley, director of player development at Oklahoma State, jokes on court with Brianne Coffman during practice at the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, March 21, 2014.  Florida Gulf Coast plays Oklahoma State in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine) FORT MYERS OUT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT

    CORRECTS TEAM TO OKLAHOMA STATE, NOT FLORIDA GULF COAST - Jack Easley, director of player development at Oklahoma State, jokes on court with Brianne Coffman during practice at the women's NCAA college basketball tournament in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, March 21, 2014. Florida Gulf Coast plays Oklahoma State in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine) FORT MYERS OUT, MAGS OUT, TV OUT  (The Associated Press)

Purdue coach Sharon Versyp feels right at home this weekend. She's back in the building she starred in as a player, back in the NCAA tournament where the Boilermakers have been virtually unbeatable in the first round and back in a building that has been so good to Purdue.

If the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (21-8) follow the script Saturday against NCAA tourney newcomer Akron (23-9), Versyp will get her 300th career win in front of the home crowd, too. Fifth-seeded Oklahoma State (23-8) faces 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) Saturday's first game.

The winners meet Monday night.

It won't be easy for Purdue.

Akron, the Mid-American Conference champs, are making their first NCAA appearance and have two of the nation's top 15 scorers this season and four 1,000-point scorers.