Nov. 12, 1997

Women's Basketball Signs Two to National Letters-of-Intent

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's basketball coach Carolyn Peck has announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to attend Purdue in the fall of 1998.

They are Kelly Komara (St. John, Ind., Lake Central H.S.) and Mary Jo Noon (Jeffersonville, Ind., Jeffersonville H.S.). Both players were members of the 1997 Indiana Junior All-Star team and played on the same AAU team, Mohr Magic, the last three summers. In 1997 Mohr Magic finished third in the nation in the 16-and-under tournament.

"I am excited about the addition of Kelly and Mary Jo to the Purdue family," Peck said. "They are a perfect fit. They are both great people, and their personalities will gel so well with our current players. It's particularly thrilling to know that they will be joining our current team and not replacing anyone since we don't lose any players after this season."

Komara, a 5-foot-7 guard, is a preseason second team All-American by Street and Smith's magazine and is rated the No. 15 player in the country by Blue Star Index. She averaged 20.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.4 steals per game as a junior en route to being named second team all-state and one of USA Today's top 15 players in her class. Komara averaged 12.2 points and 6.8 assists per game her sophomore season and was named honorable mention all-state. She also plays softball. Komara plans on majoring in education with an emphasis on computers.

"Kelly can play the game," Peck said. "She can handle the ball, she can shoot the ball, she runs the floor well and she is naturally strong. Plus, she steps on the floor with confidence and the attitude that she wants to, and is going to, win."

Noon, a 6-foot-5 center, is a preseason honorable mention All-American by Street and Smith's magazine and is rated the No. 58 player in the country by Blue Star Index. She averaged 22.5 points per game as a junior en route to being named high honorable mention all-state, Noon averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game her sophomore season and was named honorable mention all-state. She has collected 111 blocked shots heading into her senior year. Noon is rated the top center in the state of Indiana. She also participates in volleyball and track and field. Noon plans on majoring in business/sport management.

"Mary Jo obviously brings added size to our team, and she's a very agile player," Peck said. "She has a soft touch around the basket and is strong even though she hasn't even begun to really weight train the way she will in college."

The Boilermakers, with no seniors on their roster, raise the curtain on the 1997-98 season against intrastate rival Indiana State at home in the Big 4 Classic on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.