The Boilermakers took a big hit Wednesday as it was first reported by Mike Carmin of Journal & Courier that Tamara Farquhar will be held out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The junior guard went down in the second quarter of the 59-53 loss against Rutgers on January 5th.
Farquhar was having a solid season averaging 7.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game which was good for fifth in scoring and second in rebounding for Purdue. She also started all 15 games for the Boilermakers this season.
It will be interesting to see how Farquhar’s minutes will be dispersed in her absence. Some candidates to get more playing time going forward will be sophomore Cassidy Hardin, freshman Rickie Woltman, and redshirt juniors Jenelle Grant and Fatou Diagne.
Diagne is a strong option to slide into the starting lineup as she is the only Purdue player to get a start this season aside from the regular five of Karissa McLaughlin, Dominique Oden, Kayana Traylor, Ae’Rianna Harris and Farquhar.
The Boilermakers will look for their first win in Assembly Hall in nearly 8 years as they take on 14th ranked Indiana, who are in first place in the Big Ten standings, on Thursday.