After the departure of All-American Danielle Cuttino and fellow senior contributors Carissa Damler, Ashley Evans, and Azariah Stahl a youthful Purdue squad will look to make it past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament this season for the first time since 2013. The Boilers will look to improve on last season’s 23-10 record and second round appearance with the help of a strong freshman class.
Purdue was joined by six other Big Ten teams in the Top 25, including four who made the Top 10. Defending National Champ Nebraska led the pack, coming in at No. 2. They were followed by #4 Minnesota, #6 Penn State, #9 Wisconsin, #12 Illinois, and #22 Michigan State; Michigan received votes.
Overall, Stanford came in at No. 1 garnering two thirds of the first-place votes. They were followed by #2 Nebraska, #3 Texas, #4 Minnesota, and #5 Kentucky.
A soft non-conference schedule should allow the newcomers to adjust to the college game. Louisville is the only team Purdue will face outside of conference play who was even mentioned in the poll as the Cardinals received votes but did not crack the Top 25.
Purdue will open the season with an eight-game homestand. They’ll host Wofford, Bowling Green, and Tulsa to start the season, August 24th and 25th.
If you can’t make out to a game this season you can catch the Boilers on BTN for three matches with other late season matchups potentially being picked up. All other home matches will be available on BTN+.
@ Michigan – Friday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.
Vs. Maryland – Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
Vs. Michigan State – Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.