The Boilermakers will play host to the Spartans on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Mackey Arena.
Former Boilermaker Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton joined the Purdue women's basketball coaching staff on Oct. 1, 2012. The Naperville, Ill., native has been playing professional basketball since graduating from Purdue, most recently with the WNBA's Washington Mystics.
This is technically Wisdom-Hylton's second stint on the Boilermaker coaching staff as she served in a temporary capacity as an assistant coach for part of the 2009-10 season.
Wisdom-Hylton graduated from Purdue in May of 2009 and was the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2009 WNBA draft by the Sparks. She played two seasons with the Sparks, one with the Chicago Sky and this past season with the Mystics. Wisdom-Hylton also played professionally on the international level, competing for teams in Austria, France, Greece and Israel.
As a senior at Purdue, Wisdom-Hylton led the Boilermakers in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage. She holds the school record for career rebounds (968) and blocked shots (281). Wisdom-Hylton was part of a senior class that led the Boilermakers to a 25-11 record and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, the second appearance in the regional final for the group.
For her college career, Wisdom-Hylton averaged 11.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 assists while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor. The 6-foot-2 forward was named honorable mention All-American, first team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten in her final year at Purdue. She was the 2007 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team, two-time honorable mention All-American, two-time NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team, two-time Big Ten All-Tournament Team, a member of the 2005 Big Ten All-Freshman Team and three-time All-Big Ten, including a first team selection as a junior and a senior.
Wisdom-Hylton also won two gold medals with USA Basketball, the first at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship and then again in 2007 at the U21 World Championship in Moscow. It was there that Wisdom-Hylton tore her ACL, causing her to take a medical redshirt as a true senior.
A standout at Neuqua Valley High School, Wisdom-Hylton averaged 15.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.2 blocks and 4.9 steals as a senior, totaling 1,752 career points and 1,200 career rebounds. She is believed to be the first female in Illinois high school history to record 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists, 500 blocked shots and 500 steals.