The Purdue Women’s Basketball “Big 3” of Ae’Rianna Harris, Karissa McLaughlin, and Dominique Oden all received Big Ten Honors today that were voted on by the coaches and media.
Ae’Rianna Harris just keeps getting honors and passing milestones left and right during her senior season for the Boilermakers. Today she was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and the All-Defensive Team to go along with it.
This comes as no surprise as Harris has arguably been the Boilers’ best and most consistent player throughout the season. She leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks and has been huge in terms of leadership in what has been an up and down season for Purdue. Her stat line for this season has been stellar as she is averaging 13.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.76 blocks per game. This was her first time being selected as All-Big Ten First Team and her third time being on the All-Defensive Team. If the Boilermakers are to make a run in the postseason, Harris will be the driving force behind it.
Senior Dominique Oden was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention to go along with also being named Purdue’s 2019-20 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree, which is given to one player on each team in the conference.
Oden has made All-Big Ten honors in each of her last three seasons for the Boilermakers as she was named to the second team in 2018, honorable mention in 2019 and honorable mention once again this season. She passed the 1,500 career points mark earlier this year against Wisconsin and was the 15th member of the club in program history. She has been a stable force for Sharon Versyp this season averaging 12.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, all of which put her third-best on the team.
Karissa McLaughlin was the final Boilermaker to be an All-Big Ten pick as she was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention alongside her teammate Dominique Oden. This was the second time she has been picked for conference honors after she was First Team All-Big Ten last season.
Karissa has not had her best season in West Lafayette as her numbers have been down across the board, but she has still had a solid season and is one of the leaders of this team. Heading into the Big Ten Tournament she is second on the team in scoring with 12.9 per game, tied for second on the team in assists with 88 and has made the most shots from behind the arc with 65. She scored a career-high 34 points on December 9th against Kent State when she hit another career-high 9 three-pointers, which shows just how dynamic of a scorer she is if she gets hot.
The Boilermakers will next be in action on Thursday as they take on Michigan State at the Big Ten Tournament at noon inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse.