Junior Whitney Bays took home Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors
Thumbnail Sketch ? Naismith Award finalist and All-America candidate ... left-handed backcourt player with natural basketball savvy ... has tremendous ability to penetrate to the basket and either score or set up a teammate ... dangerous outside shooter ... quality rebounder and defender ... possesses great court vision.
1999-2000 ? Kodak All-American, U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-American and Associated Press second team All-American ... Naismith Player of the Year finalist ... Purdue Female Athlete of the Year ... Big Ten Player of the Year (media) and unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media ... Big Ten All-Tournament team honoree after averaging 22.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in three-game title run ... Big Ten scoring champion, averaging 21.1 points in conference games ... led Purdue in points (20.4), assists (4.7), steals (2.4) and minutes (37.5) ... ranked tied for second in rebounding (6.5) ... scored her 1,000th career point vs. No. 6 Penn State on Jan. 6 ... became the third player in school history and the first junior to join the 1,000 Points-500 Rebounds-300 Steals-200 Assists Club (also Lisa Jahner and Stephanie White-McCarty) ... shot 42.5 percent from the field (196-for-461) and 82.8 percent from the free throw line (188-for-227) ... broke Stephanie White?s 1998 school season records of free throws made (168) and attempted (199) ... led Purdue in scoring 24 times ... scored career-high 31 points, including the game-winner, in the season opener at Dayton ... scored 31 vs. Florida and Ohio State, as well ... hit for 30 at Michigan ... four 30-plus point games rank tied for second on the all-time list ... scored 21 points with a career-high eight steals vs. No. 7 Notre Dame ... scored 24 with a career-high 15 rebounds at Indiana in career high-tying 45 minutes ... poured in 22 with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals vs. No. 13 Illinois ... earned co-Big Ten Player of the Week (week ending Jan. 23) following those performances ... co-Big Ten Player of the Week (week ending Feb. 27) after averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in wins vs. Michigan State and Iowa ... missed a triple-double by one rebound (12 points, career-high 10 assists and nine rebounds) vs. Minnesota ... recorded double-double at No. 3 Louisiana Tech (25 points, 10 rebounds), in addition to those against the Hoosiers and Gophers ... scored 25 (20 in the second half) at No. 6 Penn State ... contributed 24 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three blocks in regular season finale vs. Iowa ... scored 24, including 15 on career high-tying five three-pointers, with seven rebounds in Big Ten Tournament championship vs. No. 5 Penn State ... played 13 complete games ... first team Academic All-District V ... second team Academic All-American ... Academic All-Big Ten.
1998-99 ? Named to NCAA Women?s Final Four All-Tournament team after averaging 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in wins over No. 3 Louisiana Tech and No. 10 Duke ... second team All-American by Women?s Basketball News Service ... second team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... second team Academic All-District V ... started all 35 games ... averaged 14.1 points (third on team), 6.2 rebounds (tops on team) and 3.5 assists (third on team) in 33.7 minutes per game ... topped team with 91 steals and 154 defensive rebounds ... double-figure scorer on 31 occasions, including last 24 games ... matched season-high 21 points (9-for-10 FG?s, 3-for-3 FT?s) in NCAA win against No. 14 North Carolina ... scored 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds in win over No. 4 Louisiana Tech ... recorded first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Michigan ... set Big Ten Tournament record with 12 steals in three games ... named to all-tournament team ... leading scorer (17.6 ppg) on silver medal-winning 1999 USA Women?s World University Games Team.
1997-98 ? Named to Women?s Basketball News Service All-Freshman third team ... honorable mention All-Big Ten by media ... named to Big Ten Coaches? All-Freshman team ... played in all 33 games and averaged 8.6 points (third on team), 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists (second) per game with 62 steals (third) and 14 blocked shots (third) ... member of 1998 USA Select Team.
High School ? Third team Parade All-American, runner-up for Indiana Miss Basketball, Indiana All-Star, first team all-state selection and Indianapolis Star-News Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 4.8 steals per game as a senior at Perry Meridian High School ... rated the No. 22 player in the country in 1997 by Blue Star Index ... preseason prep All-American by Street and Smith?s ... graduated as school?s career scoring leader with 1,406 points ... high school basketball coach was Mike Armstrong.
Personal ? Given name Kathryn Elizabeth Douglas ... born May 7, 1979 ... communication (public relations) major ... aspires to play professional basketball and possibly become a coach ... daughter of the late Karen and Ken Douglas ... has an older sister, Kim, and two older brothers, Brian and Scott ... enjoys shopping and all sports.