Purdue’s nightmare of a season has now come to a close as the Boilermakers dropped their first Big Ten Tournament game to the #6 seed Iowa by a score of 83-72.
It would also appear that the Sharon Versyp era will be over in West Lafayette as well, given how this season played out. It would not be surprising to see an announcement tomorrow from the Purdue Athletic Department, but that remains to be seen.
Disappointing is the nicest way I could explain the year of 2020-21, with just two wins in the final 3 months of the season, the worst conference record in Versyp’s tenure and Karissa McLaughlin’s injury troubles were just about everything that could go wrong.
In the two games Purdue played against Iowa, they actually faired quite well until the fourth quarter rolled around. Fans remember the Boilermakers blowing a 9 point lead late in the midst of their lengthy losing streak and they let an opportunity get away once again. They actually had a 61-60 advantage with 7:37 remaining in the game and then proceeded to give up a 9-0 run to the Hawkeyes in less than 2 minutes of game time.
Iowa ended up outscoring the Boilermakers 23-11 in the final 7 plus minutes of the fourth quarter to coast to a win. A big factor in the defeat was the play of Monika Czinano for the Hawkeyes as she was scorching hot shooting 16-18 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line in route to dropping 38 points on Purdue. Big Ten Freshman of the Year Caitlin Clark also chipped in 27 points on her own right.
This was a game where Purdue simply got the other team’s will imposed on them and there was not a whole lot they could do defensively. 14 turnovers compared to just 9 takeaways for Purdue was also a large issue, with at least 10 of the 14 being live ball turnovers that led to easy Iowa looks. It speaks to just how far behind this program is from contending for Big Ten Championships.
The combination of Kayana Traylor and Madison Layden performed well tonight, being the only real bright spots in a brutal defeat. Leading scorer Traylor, put up 19 points in 7-14 shooting and connected on two three point attempts while also dropping 7 assists. Purdue’s own All-Big Ten Freshmen guard Layden, hit 5 three pointers on her way to scoring 18 points.
It was the same story, different day for the team as it has been all season. They simply to not have the coaching, talent or experience to win many game, now that may seem harsh but it is the truth. As Purdue fans sulk in their sorrows yet again, they will also await word on whether Sharon Versyp will be given the boot or not.