Purdue Women’s Basketball will kick off their season Sunday afternoon with an exhibition game against NAIA Clarke. It doesn’t look as though they’ll have as much trouble as the men’s team did dispatching their lower tier opponent.
This year’s women’s basketball team will be lead in large part by the guards, in particular Courtney Moses and KK Houser. Moses was recently selected as Pre-Season All-Big Ten. Both bring plenty of experience to the team and hopefully they can help cut down on the turnovers that plagued the team last year. Moses can shoot lights out and Houser is a great distributor. The attention they draw will give the rest of team plenty of opportunities.
Defensively the team looks good. The recent addition of the 10-second backcourt violation to the women’s game will only benefit our girls. In seasons past the team has used full-court pressure and this rule will help the team create more turnovers.
Unlike our defensive pressure, the team won’t be as strong of a rebounding team as last season. It will be hard for anyone player to match Sam Ostarello’s rebounding numbers. The graduation of Drey Mingo also compounds this. Purdue’s post players will have to step up. Transfer Whitney Bays will definitely be someone who can fill that need. Coach Versyp has also praised junior Liza Clemons who has come on strong this offseason.
This year’s team talented enough to contend with the tops in the B1G. I predict they’ll finish 4th in the B1G and continue their uncanny success at the B1G tournament with another title.'