No. 16 Purdue women's basketball vs. No. 2 Duke on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
Purdue Highlights 2013-14 - Junior
Named the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year in addition to Second Team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention all-conference by the coaches ... averaged 12.1 points and a team-best 7.9 rebounds per game, appearing in all 31 games and playing 21.8 minutes per contest ... finished eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding and 14th in free throw percentage (.781) ... named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll twice (Jan. 20 & Feb. 11) ... posted a team-best eight double-doubles, matching the No. 9 single-season mark in school history ... grabbed double-digit rebounds in 12 games, including eight straight to close the season ... first player in school history to grab double-digit rebounds in eight straight games, carrying streak into next season ... posted career-highs for scoring and assists against Central Michigan (Dec. 28), putting up 24 points and five assists ... put up her first career double-double vs. Indiana (Jan. 17), posting 16 points and 14 rebounds ... turned in an amazing effort at Nebraska (Jan. 19), scoring all 17 points in the second half, including the game-winning bucket ... grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Penn State (Jan. 30) ... her 245 rebounds mark the No. 15 single-season total in school history and sixth-most ever by a Purdue junior.
2012-13 - Sophomore
Did not play due to NCAA transfer rules.
Redshirted in 2010-11 to fully recover from knee injury suffered the summer before her senior year of high school ... In 2011-12, saw action in 26 games ... Led team with eight rebounds vs. Loyola ... Tied career high with eight points vs. Lafayette ... Averaged 2.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per contest.
High School Highlights
Averaged 24.4 points and 11.1 rebounds as a junior ... Scored career-high 37 points as a junior in win over Princeton ... Led Huntington to three-straight state finals ... Surpassed the 1,000 career point plateau as a junior ... Missed her senior campaign after tearing her ACL the summer prior.
Full name is Whitney Nicole Bays ... Born June 6, 1992 ... Parents are Susan Bays and Gery Strickland ... Has an older sister, Brittany ... Father played basketball at Marshall ... Majoring in sociology.
Will have two years of eligibility at Purdue ... In high school, was ranked No. 13 in her class by ESPN and the No. 3 forward ... 2009 West Virginia Player of the Year ... Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for West Virginia (2008, 2009) ... Three-time first team All-State (2007, 2008, 2009) ... 2009 MSAC Player of the Year ... Regarded as one of the top combo forwards in the country in the 2010 class ... Is the third transfer from Maryland for head coach Sharon Versyp, following Kalika France and Drey Mingo.