April 13, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team celebrated the 2011-12 season and honored its seniors Thursday night at the 26th Annual Purdue Basketball Banquet at the Four Points by Sheraton in West Lafayette, Ind.
Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp reviewed the her sixth season back at her alma mater which resulted in a 25-9 record that included an eighth Big Ten Tournament championship (the third under Versyp), a tie for second in the Big Ten regular season, an 11-game win streak and two six-game win streaks and a 60-51 victory over fourth-ranked defending national champion Texas A&M on Dec. 4.
The Boilermakers set a school record for threes in a game with 15 at Minnesota and notched the top three individual marks for three-pointers in a game this season. Brittany Rayburn tied an NCAA record, breaking the conference and school record by hitting 12 threes at Minnesota on Jan. 12. Courtney Moses set an NCAA Tournament record when she hit nine three-pointers in the 83-68 win over South Dakota State in the first round of the tournament on March 17 and Rayburn made seven three-pointers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament, tying the conference record for second-most threes in a Big Ten Tournament contest and tying for third-most threes in a game in the Purdue record book.
Several awards were announced Thursday evening. Rayburn was the recipient of the Coach's Award given to the student-athlete that provides leadership, consistency, is coachable and a good teammate while serving as a role model in the community. The Most Improved Award was shared by juniors Sam Ostarello and Chantel Poston while Alex Guyton was recognized with the Perseverance Award. Drey Mingo was the recipient of the Dr. Ruth Jones Memorial Award, an honor that reflects the selfless dedication of the former Purdue head coach and senior Samantha Woods was given the Roger Blalock Memorial Outreach Award.
Purdue five seniors: Guyton, Antionette Howard, Chelsea Jones, Rayburn and Woods each addressed the crowd sharing their memories from their time as a Boilermaker and thanking those who helped support them along the way.
The voice of Purdue women's basketball and football radio play-by-play, Tim Newton served as master of ceremonies and the evening began with a moment of silence for recently retired Senior Associate Athletics Director, Roger Blalock who passed away this past weekend.
The banquet has been sponsored by the Lafayette Lions Club since 1987, and once again was put on with help from Gold and Black Illustrated and Artistic Media.