News and notes on Purdue Athletics
The finalists for eight awards have been selected.
News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
The Boilermakers fought from 18-points down on Thursday to get back in it.
Purdue snapped a 10-game losing streak with the win.
Photos from the Boilermakers' 67-64 overtime loss to Florida State.
Photos from the first practice of the Purdue women's basketball 2014-15 season.
No. 4 Purdue defeats No. 13 Akron, 85-55, in NCAA tournament first round
No. 16 Purdue women's basketball vs. No. 2 Duke on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
2014-15 - Senior
Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors from the media and honorable mention all-conference from the coaches for the second straight season … averaged 15.1 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals per game and 1.1 blocks per game, starting 30 of 31 contests and playing a career-high 32.8 minutes per game … tied for 12th in the Big Ten in scoring, ranked sixth in rebounding, eighth in steals and 15th in blocked shots … became the fourth Boilermaker in school history to grab more than 300 rebounds in a season, grabbing the No. 4 mark on the single-season record list at 304 … set the Purdue single-season record with 15 double-doubles, including a Boilermaker-record nine straight from Dec. 20 to Jan. 19 … made 118 free throws, the ninth-most in a season by a Boilermaker senior … completes her career with the top rebounding average in school history, securing 8.9 boards per game over 62 career appearances … posted the ninth-best scoring average in Purdue history, tallying 13.6 points per game … ranked third all-time at Purdue with 23 career double-doubles … tallied 19 points, 18 rebounds and five steals in just 27 minutes at Dayton (Dec. 7) … grabbed a career-high six steals vs. Denver (Dec. 20) … had 27 points, on 11-of-16 shooting, and 10 rebounds in a victory over Indiana (Jan. 4) … finished with 25 points at Minnesota (Jan. 22), including the game-winning bucket in overtime with 3.6 seconds left … scored a career-high 28 points in her collegiate finale, making 11-of-18 field goals vs. Minnesota in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
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.