After the season concluded, a total of 5 Boilermakers put their name in the NCAA Transfer Portal, now three of them have found new schools. Former Boilermaker Kayana Traylor announced via Twitter that she will be committing to Virginia Tech for her final two years of eligibility.
This comes off the heels of Karissa McLaughlin going to Marquette and Fatou Diagne moving down to Houston, both of which are graduate transfers. Traylor finished up her junior season this past year and was set to be a big piece for the Boilermakers, but has now chosen greener pastures. Tamara Farquhar and Bria Harmon are both undecided on their futures at this time.
The Hokies finished 7th in the ACC at 8-8 and had a 15-10 record overall. This was enough to secure a bid to the NCAA Tournament where they beat Karissa McLaughlin’s new team in the first round before being bounced by Baylor.
This is undoubtably the biggest loss of the offseason for Purdue. Traylor led the team in scoring at 15.0 points and assists with 3.9 per game. Both of these were career highs after averaging 6.6 points and 3.4 assists over her first two season in West Lafayette.
As far as how this impacts Purdue, the backcourt now falls on the shoulders of soon to be sophomore Madison Layden and senior Brooke Moore. Layden was able to show flashes of All-Big Ten potential during her freshman season, but will need to take a large leap if the Boilermakers are to have success next year.
Sharon Versyp’s second unit of guards is a large unknown. Arkansas transfer, Rokia Doumbia was deemed eligible to play in mid-December and took awhile to get going, but had a few solid performances late in the year. Cassidy Hardin really struggled with her shot and only averaged 2.8 points per game after 4.3 the previous season.
Good luck to Kayana as she starts a new chapter in her career.