April 3, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp and players took time to reflect on the season and look ahead to next year.
The No. 21 Boilermakers finished the season with a 25-9 record in a 76-63 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at No. 5 seed Louisville. The Cardinals have gone on to secure a birth in the Final Four. Versyp led Purdue to a second-consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship, the fourth of her career and a conference record ninth for the Boilermakers.
Individual honors were plentiful this season as well. Five players were honored with Big Ten postseason awards. Taylor Manuel was named to the five-member Big Ten All-Freshman Team, Sam Ostarello was named second team All-Big Ten (media), Drey Mingo (coaches) and Courtney Moses (coaches and media) were tabbed third team All-Big Ten and KK Houser was honorable mention All-Big Ten by coaches.
Most recently, Mingo was named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press. Mingo also was the conference tournament Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the tournament all-tournament team by Houser and Moses. Ostarello finished the season with a rebound average of 10.0 and became the first Purdue player to average 10 or more rebounds in a single season since 1977-78 (Sue Fackler). Only three players in program history have averaged double-digit rebounding in a season and Ostarello was the first Boilermaker to win the regular season conference rebounding title since Joy Holmes in 1990-91.
The Boilermakers lose three seniors - Mingo, Ostarello and Chantel Poston. All three plan to pursue professional basketball careers and await the WNBA draft on April 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
And all of this season's success was accomplished while supervisor of operations, Terry Kix battled stage 3 stomach cancer. Purdue is a finalist for the WBCA/Russell Athletic "Together We R" Team Award to be presented at the Women's Final Four in New Orleans.