Purdue’s free-fall in the middle of the Big Ten slate continues as they lose back to back games, this time against Penn State at home by a score of 80-70.
This has been an extremely frustrating stretch for the Boilermakers losing 6 of their last 7 games. Penn State inside Mackey Arena is no doubt a winnable game and Purdue let the opportunity slip away in what was a must win.
The team actually played well throughout the first half, holding double digit advantages at multiple points of the half. Heading into the third quarter, it was back and forth between the two squads before Penn State really started to press on the gas when Johnasia Cash began to take control of the scoring.
Penn State ran away with the game down the stretch thanks in large part to the aforementioned Cash leading the charge and the Boilermakers just had no answer.
Tamara Farquhar and Fatou Diagne were the lone bright spots for Purdue today as Farquhar finished the game with 16 points on 7-7 shooting from the floor. Diagne continued her dominant stretch totaling 14 points on 7-12 shooting and grabbing 18 rebounds for her fourth straight double-double.
There was not much else the Boilermakers could hang their hat on today. A 3-20 shooting performance from three point range and a ridiculous 24 turnovers gave Purdue slim to no chance of winning this game.
As Purdue struggles more and more each game it feels like, it is unclear what the next steps are for this team. Losing to sub .500 teams Penn State and Minnesota is unacceptable for the talent this squad has. It appears to be yet another lost season for Purdue and Sharon Versyp.
Versyp has struggled to take advantage of the talent she has brought to West Lafayette in recent years and although this season is filled with uncertainty, it seems that Versyp is on her way out.
Purdue will travel to Illinois next Sunday to take on the Fighting Illini. Illinois is 2-9 on the season without a single win during conference play. If Purdue were to lose to that team, then I fully expect Sharon Versyp would be fired on the plane ride back. How the Boilermakers respond to this massive amount of adversity remains to be seen.