Oct. 11, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Forward Maddy Williams of the soccer team continued her exceptional season by being named the Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week after scoring the only goals for Purdue in a pair of 1-0 victories. The Boilermakers defeated Illinois and Northwestern. Williams, who became the first Purdue player to score the game-winning goal in consecutive Big Ten games since 2001, is the team's first Player of the Week honoree since former goalkeeper Carianne Betts was recognized for consecutive shutouts in September of 2010. Sylvia Forbes was the Boilermakers' last Offensive Player of the Week in August of 2009. For the season, Williams leads the Boilermakers and ranks third in the conference with nine goals and 24 points. Purdue (8-4-1, 3-2-0 Big Ten) welcomes Nebraska (9-3-1, 4-1-0) to the Boilermaker Soccer Complex tonight at 7. The Cornhuskers are tied with Penn State atop the Big Ten standings.
McClintock Honored Again
Sophomore Matthew McClintock was named the Big Ten Men's co-Runner of the Week on the strength of his third-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational. His five-mile time of 24:26.5 was merely eight seconds behind the winner, and he was the top Big Ten runner in a field that included Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State. McClintock has won the conference honor after consecutive races for the second time in his career, and he has been recognized four times in all. Both the men's and women's cross country teams return to action Oct. 19 at the Pre-NCAA Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. Purdue hosts the Big Ten Championships on Nov. 3.
Volleyball Continues Home Stand
After sweeping No. 12 Ohio State and coming up just short in a five-game thriller against No. 5 Penn State, the 20th-ranked volleyball team (10-5, 1-3 Big Ten) continues a stretch of four consecutive home games today at 7 p.m. against Illinois (6-8, 2-2) in Mackey Arena and tomorrow at 6 p.m. against Northwestern (9-7, 1-3) on Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium. Tonight is Operation 14K, as the Boilermakers look to pack Mackey. All Purdue students receive free admission with a student ID and may enter through the Southwest Entrance, and Boilermaker Kids Club members may receive two free tickets at the Athletic Ticket Office. Tomorrow night is Dig For A Cure, with fans encouraged to wear pink to support the Breast Cancer Awareness cause. Admission is just $3 with a Purdue-Nebraska football game ticket stub. The Boilermakers moved up four spots in this week's AVCA Coaches Poll.
Tonight's match marks the 16th in Mackey Arena in Purdue program history, including two exhibition contests. The Boilermakers are 9-4 in countable matches in the facility and at one time held the NCAA attendance record when 10,645 fans for the original Pack Mack event Oct. 29, 1985. The six largest crowds ever to watch Purdue volleyball at home have been in Mackey.
Football Back in Action
Following the first of two open dates last Saturday, the football team (1-4, 0-1 Big Ten) resumes action tomorrow against Nebraska (4-1, 1-0) at noon at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers and the Cornhuskers will meet for the first time as Big Ten foes and for just the second time ever. Purdue won 28-0 in 1958 at Ross-Ade. Freshman Danny Etling is scheduled to get his first start at quarterback for the Boilermakers after making his collegiate debut against Northern Illinois on Sept. 28.
Tomorrow's game has been designated as the Boilermakers' "Hammer Down Cancer Game." Cancer survivors will be recognized during pregame festivities, the football team will wear miscellaneous pink gear to raise awareness about cancer and the "All-American" Marching Band's halftime show will honor those who have lost their battle with the dreaded disease as well as the millions of survivors who have fought back and are winning. In addition, the first 2,000 students at the game will receive free pink gear.
Students who have a ticket for tomorrow's football game and come to tonight's volleyball match can get a free ticket for the gridiron clash from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Athletic Ticket Office in Mackey Arena.
If you have questions about football game-day traffic around campus, be sure to check out the recently developed website that shows where parking lots are located and what suggested routes to take exiting the campus area from all of the parking lots operated by Purdue.
Men's Basketball Promotions
A number of outstanding giveaways are part of the 2013-14 men's basketball promotions plan: bobbleheads of Boilermaker legends Joe Barry Carroll (Feb. 15 vs. Indiana) and Glenn Robinson (Feb. 20 vs. Michigan State), "Legends of Mackey" poster (Feb. 26 vs. Michigan) and T-shirt (Dec. 4 vs. Boston College). More than 11,000 season tickets have been sold, and single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public Thursday, Oct. 15.
Purdue to Host 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds
Purdue has been selected as one of 16 hosts for the first and second rounds of the 2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. Mackey Arena will feature a pair of first-round games and one second-round contest - on either Saturday, March 22, and Monday, March 24, or Sunday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 25. It marks the third time in the last seven years the Boilermakers have hosted NCAA women's basketball postseason action, following 2008 and 2012. The Boilermakers are 2-2 in NCAA Championship action at Mackey under head coach Sharon Versyp and 19-7 all-time. Purdue has advanced to the Sweet 16 six times when hosting the first- and second-round games, including its 1999 NCAA Championship run. To purchase tickets, click here.
Junior Aurora Kan was named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week after winning the Butler Fall Invitational earlier this week. She fired matching 1-over par rounds of 71 to win the event by three strokes over sophomore teammate Brooke Beegle ... Men's tennis continues fall play at the ITA Regionals today through Tuesday, while women's tennis is at the Miami (Fla.) Invite over the weekend ... Softball started its Black & Gold Series on Thursday and continues the three-game affair at 4 p.m. today and at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Boilermaker Softball Complex ... The wrestling team will join the football squad at this afternoon's Boiler Bridge Walk. The Hilton Garden Inn is supplying black and gold mini footballs that the football players and coaches will give out, while Cold Stone Creamery and Ben's Soft Pretzels will hand out tasty food samples. The Bridge Walk gets under way when the football team arrives around 5:40 p.m., but fans should arrive early to get a good spot on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Wabash River between West Lafayette and Lafayette ... A reminder that BTN's Big Ten Elite show about the 2000 Purdue football season will air at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow - after the Purdue-Nebraska football game and before the Purdue-Northwestern volleyball match. The show also is scheduled to air at 9:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 17 ... Registration continues for the Purdue Half Marathon and 5K, set for Saturday, Oct. 19.