March 3, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten announced its women's basketball postseason honors and awards on Monday, recognizing four members of the Purdue women's basketball team. Senior Courtney Moses was tabbed First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, while junior Whitney Bays was honored as the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year by the coaches to lead the way.
Moses was a unanimous first-team pick by the coaches, and becomes the first Boilermaker since assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton in 2009 to earn first-team honors. She is the 16th Boilermaker to appear on a first team all-conference list, joining an incredibly elite list. Moses averaged 15.4 points per game through the regular season, including 15.9 points per game in conference play, and ranks fourth in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage at .468. She is a four-time member of the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll, including this week after scoring 29 against Nebraska on Sunday.
Bays is just the second player at Purdue to earn sixth player of the year conference honors, following Brittany Rayburn in 2009, and was named Second Team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention by the coaches as well. Bays averaged 11.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during the regular season, but pushed her averages to 12.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in conference play. Her rebounding numbers were fourth-best in Big Ten play, despite playing just 22 minutes per game. Her points-per-40-minute average of 21.6 is fourth-best in the Big Ten behind First Team All-Big Ten picks Rachel Banham of Minnesota, Maggie Lucas of Penn State and Jordan Hooper of Nebraska.
Joining Moses and Bays on the all-conference lists were senior KK Houser and sophomore April Wilson. Despite tearing her ACL at Michigan State on Feb. 2, and being limited to just 11 conference appearances, Houser earned second-team honors from the coaches and media, marking her third career Big Ten postseason honors. Houser averaged 15.2 points and five assists per game this season, ranking ninth in the conference in scoring average and fourth in assists per game. In addition to all-conference honors, Houser was named Purdue's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Wilson earned honorable mention recognition from both the coaches and media after finishing up a solid sophomore regular season. Averaging 10.1 points and 4.5 assists per game, Wilson has stepped up her game after Houser's injury, posting some of the top marks by a sophomore in school history. Her 127 assists are second all-time on the sophomore list, passing Houser's 2012 mark on Sunday, while she's just a few steals shy of a spot on that list as well.
The coaches and media split the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors as the coaches voted Hooper the Big Ten's top individual and Nebraska head coach Connie Yori as the coach of the year, while the media tabbed Lucas the player of the year and Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington as the conference's top coach. Minnesota's Amanda Zahui B. was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Penn State's Dara Taylor earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The Boilermakers are the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and will play Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, facing the winner of No. 5 seed Iowa and No. 12 seed Illinois.
Purdue First Team All-Big Ten Honorees
1988 - Christa LaCroix
1989 - Joy Holmes
1990 - Joy Holmes, MaChelle Joseph
1991 - Joy Holmes, MaChelle Joseph
1992 - MaChelle Joseph
1994 - Leslie Johnson
1995 - Stacey Lovelace
1996 - Stacey Lovelace (media)
1997 - Jannon Roland
1998 - Stephanie White
1999 - Ukari Figgs, Stephanie White
2004 - Shereka Wright
2006 - Katie Gearlds
2009 - Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton
2014 - Courtney Moses