Junior Whitney Bays took home Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors
The Boilermakers look to bounce back from Thursday's loss at Duke.
The Boilermakers open the 38th season in school history on Sunday.
Thumbnail Sketch ? One of Purdue?s strongest players ... sharpshooter with a quick release ... shooting and ball-handling skills allow her to switch between the point guard and shooting guard positions ... impressive vertical jumping ability makes her a solid rebounder in the paint.
2000-01 ? Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by conference coaches and media ... started all 38 games, averaging 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 26.2 minutes ... named NCAA Mideast Regional?s Most Outstanding Player, averaging 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in wins over No. 13 Texas Tech and No. 12 Xavier ... scored team-high 20 points with five assists and season-high four steals against the Musketeers ... shot 80.9 percent from the free throw line, ranking ninth on the season list ... ranks sixth all-time in three-pointers made (108) and three-point percentage (.360) ... ranks 23rd in points (885), 30th in rebounds (315), 10th in assists (275), 10th in steals (177) and tied for eighth in free throw percentage (.746) ... hit two or more treys in 11 games ... knocked down 5 of 6 three-pointers against Georgetown, scoring career-high tying 21 points ... hit four three-pointers in the second half at Illinois, leading Purdue with 17 points ... scored 15 points on perfect shooting against Eastern Michigan (5-for-5 FG?s, 3-for-3 3FG?s and 2-for-2 FT?s) ... went 3-for-3 from three-point range vs. Illinois, finishing with 11 points ... went 11-for-11 from the free throw line against the Hoosiers ... scored 13 in NCAA national semifinal vs. No. 15 Southwest Missouri State ... handed out season-high five assists vs. Montana State ... recorded season-high seven rebounds vs. Northwestern and vs. No. 13 Texas Tech ... Academic All-Big Ten.
1999-2000 ? Honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by conference media ... started all 31 games, averaging 10.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 34.4 minutes ... tallied career-high 21 points (8-for-9 FG?s, 4-for-4 3FG?s, 1-for-2 FT?s) with seven rebounds at North Texas ... matched that effort with 21 points (7-for-11 FG?s, 5-for-6 3FG?s, 2-for-2 FT?s) at Michigan State ... nailed four three-pointers vs. No. 13 Illinois, finishing with 18 points ... hit 4 of 10 treys and scored 17 points with career-high nine rebounds vs. No. 5 Penn State in Big Ten Tournament championship game ... also handed out career high-tying seven assists and picked off five steals against the Lady Lions ... set conference tournament record for steals with 15 in three-game title run ... scored in double figures 19 times ... Academic All-Big Ten.
1998-99 ? Named to Big Ten All-Freshman team ... appeared in all 35 games off the bench ... averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.5 minutes per game ... averaged 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in NCAA Tournament ... shot 41.3 percent from three-point range (26-for-63) to rank fifth on school season list ... scored in double figures on six occasions ... finished with season-high 16 points vs. Northern Illinois (4-for-5 FG?s, 2-for-2 3FG?s, 6-for-6 FT?s) ... pulled down season-high eight rebounds at Ohio ... dished out season-high six assists vs. Indiana ... picked off three steals in NCAA win over Kansas, matching season-high.
High School ? Indiana Miss Basketball and second team Parade All-American after averaging 21.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 4.4 steals per game as a senior at Lake Central High School ... also earned All-America honors from Nike/WBCA and Street and Smith?s ... rated the No. 5 player in the country in 1998 by Blue Star Index ... averaged 20.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.4 steals as a junior en route to being named one of USA Today?s top 15 players in her class ... scored 1,460 career points (16.6 per game) ... played on USA Elite Team in Paris in 1997 ... also played soccer and softball (all-state third baseman) ... high school basketball coach was Tom Megyesi.
Personal ? Given name Kelly Suzanne Komara ... born June 20, 1980 ... majoring in physical education ... aspires to be a teacher and coach ... parents? names are Patti and Robert ... has an older brother, Joe ... aunt, Suzie Komara, and uncle, Dave Comsa, are Purdue alums.