WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Another member of head coach Sharon Versyp’s Georgia pipeline, Dominique Oden made her presence felt immediately on the Purdue women’s basketball teams, posting one of the highest freshman scoring totals in Boilermaker history. Oden broke several first-year records with the Old Gold & Black, becoming just the third freshman starter under Versyp and the first since the 2010-11 season.
Oden’s started 33-of-36 games in her rookie season, finishing second in scoring on the team with 390 points, third-most by a Purdue freshman all-time. Only Leslie Johnson (1993-94) and MaChelle Joseph (1988-89) scored more in their inaugural seasons at Purdue. Oden broke the Boilermakers’ freshman 3-point record as well, draining 61 on the year, which is also tied for ninth on Purdue’s single-season record list.
With massive games against Indiana and Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament, Oden secured All-Big Ten Tournament honors. She set a Purdue freshman record with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including five 3’s, in the quarterfinal win over Indiana, and backed it up with 20 points on 4-of-5 from deep in the semifinal upset win over Ohio State. Her 11 triples in the Big Ten Tournament are a Purdue record and matched the 10th-highest single-tournament total in event history.