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Home opener preview - Jacksonville State

Purdue women's basketball starts their regular season on November 16 in Mackey Arena.

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It isn't easy to scout the women's basketball team from Jacksonville State.  It is a college in Alabama with around 9000 students.  One thing I found ironic is that their biggest win last season was a two point win over Alabama, coached by none other than Kristy Curry.  Who hasn't really accomplished much at Texas Tech and Alabama since leaving Purdue on a bad note.

Their best player is Destany McLin, who started fall camp injured and is apparently still not cleared to play.  Their tallest player is 6'1" and they are only dressing 8 due to injuries.  Their two best active players are forward Tyler Phelion and guard Gretchen Morrison.  Two of their best players graduated.  Their team plays out of the Ohio Valley Conference, and they finished last year with an overall record of 19-10. Team speed and a high assist to turnover ratio are probably their best traits.  Their head coach is Rick Pietri, in his third year.

It should be an easy win for Purdue.  Jacksonville State used to be a Div. II school before going to Div. I a few years back. The state of Alabama is not exactly a hotbed for basketball, compared to Illinois, Indiana, or North Carolina or lots of other states.

Probable starting five for Purdue:  Horrocks, Perry, Keys, Morrissette, and Wilson.  That wouldn't be my starting five and it may be different, but that is my best guess without any game notes.

Prediction: Purdue 82 - JSU 51.