April 2, 2014
West Lafayette, Ind. - The Purdue women’s basketball team wrapped up the 2013-14 campaign on Tuesday night with their annual postseason banquet, presented by the Lafayette Lions Club at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in West Lafayette. In front of a capacity gathering, head coach Sharon Versyp and members of the Purdue Athletics administration recapped the year and honored several individual members of the team.
Junior Camille Redmon and sophomore Hayden Hamby were named the Boilermakers’ most improved players coming off outstanding 2013-14 campaigns. Redmon averaged 4.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 13.8 minutes per game, showing massive increases in each category from the 2012-13 season. She finished seventh in the Big Ten in blocks per game and put up the sixth-best total in school history by a junior. Hamby averaged just less than two points per game, but truly surged during the final eight games of the year. She put up career-high totals in several categories, including a career-high 10 points in the regular season finale against Nebraska, and hit a three in five straight games from Feb. 20 to March 22.
The Perseverance Award went to junior Whitney Bays, who defied the odds in joining the Boilermaker program and becoming a major contributor for the Old Gold and Black. When transferring from Maryland in 2011, Bays was coming off a knee injury that left many in doubt if she’d ever be able to perform at a high level again. Her dedication to her rehabilitation and improvement got her back on the floor after a two-year hiatus last fall and led to an outstanding junior campaign. She was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree (media), averaging 12.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, and earned Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honors. She became the seventh player in school history to have at least eight double-doubles in a season and her current streak of eight consecutive games with double-figure rebounds is the longest in school history.
The three Boilermaker seniors took home the three memorial awards handed out by the program as Dee Dee Williams received the Dr. Ruth Jones Memorial Award, Courtney Moses received the Roger Blalock Memorial Outreach Award and KK Houser was named the inaugural recipient of the Tom Reiter Memorial Award. The senior trio posted a laundry list of accomplishments during their tenure in the Old Gold and Black and will be remembered as much for their deeds off the court as for their championship moments on the court. They collectively led the Boilermakers to 108 wins, four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Big Ten Tournament titles.
Purdue Women’s Basketball 2014 Season Notes
- Our 22-9 record marked the fourth straight 20-win season, and 24th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history
- We earned the 750th win in program history on No. 17 at Toledo, becoming the 37th team in the NCAA and third team in the Big Ten to hit the mark
- Finished the regular season ranked seventh in the Ratings Percentage Index
- Our 78% free throw shooting percentage was the best in school history, good for seventh in the NCAA this year
- We finished eighth in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage, making 37.9%
- Our average attendance of 7,388 ranked sixth in the NCAA and first in the Big Ten, marking our 19th straight year in the top-10 in the nation
- The 18-point comeback vs. Iowa on Feb. 16, was the largest deficit overcome in school history
- Our 14-point come-from-behind win at Michigan on Feb. 9 was the largest road deficit overcome in school history
- We hit 17-of-17 free throws in the season opener, marking the best single-game effort in school history
- Our 15 threes against Central Michigan on Dec. 28 matched the Purdue single-game team record, while the 109 points scored were fourth-most all-time
- Courtney Moses finishes as the No. 8 scorer in school history with 1,674 points
- Moses also broke the Purdue all-time three-point field goal record with 240 career triples, and ranks fourth all-time in three-point percentage at 39.7%
- Making 90.6% for her career, Moses is the top free throw shooter in school history and is No. 2 all-time in the Big Ten
- Moses finished just two starts shy of the Purdue career record, starting 129 games in her career
- KK Houser is one of seven players in school history to accumulate 1,000 points, 400 assists and 200 steals
- Houser finished seventh in school history with 455 assists and ninth all-time at Purdue with 229 steals
- Whitney Bays grabbed 245 rebounds, marking the No. 15 single season total in school history
- Bays recorded eight double-doubles, becoming one of seven players in Purdue history to log at least eight in a season
- Bays became the first player in school history to grab at least 10 rebounds in eight straight games to finish the season, and carries the streak into the 2014-15 campaign
- April Wilson dished out 147 assists, matching Ukari Figgs for the 13th-best season in school history and the second-best ever by a Purdue sophomore
- Wilson’s 202 career assists are already good for 25th in school history
- Liza Clemons converted 54.1% of her attempts from the field, increasing her playing time by 21.5 minutes per game and her scoring by 7.7 points per game
- Sitting 44 field goal attempts shy of a spot on the list, Clemons would be sixth in Purdue history in career field goal percentage
- Dee Dee Williams posted several of the most impressive defensive performances in school history, locking down the nation’s No. 12, 13, 16, 23 and 35 scorers well below their season averages.
- Courtney Moses was named First Team All-Big Ten, becoming our first since Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton in 2009
- Moses was also named to the Naismith Trophy Award Early Watch List as one of the top-50 players in the nation
- Moses became the second straight Boilermaker to earn a spot on the WBCA/Allstate Good Works Team, and will be at the WBCA Awards banquet in Nashville next weekend
- Moses also was invited to participate in the College 3-Point Championship in Dallas, Texas this weekend, marking the second Boilermaker in three years, following Brittany Rayburn in 2012
- KK Houser earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors
- Whitney Bays was named the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, in addition to second team all-conference honors from the media and honorable mention from the coaches
- April Wilson earned honorable mention All-Big Ten
- The Boilermakers are finalists for the Russell Athletic “Together We R” Team award, which will be announced at the WBCA Awards banquet in Nashville next weekend
- Head coach Sharon Versyp was named the ESPNW Big Ten Coach of the Year