WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With the students all returning to campus for the start of school next week, Purdue women’s basketball wraps up its team preview with the last two members of the freshman class. Freshmen Dani Lawson and Karissa McLaughlin both come with unique connections to our tremendous women's basketball tradition, and are the first (Lawson) and last (McLaughlin) of the five Boilermaker newcomers to commit to head coach Sharon Versyp.
Lawson is the first legacy in Purdue women's basketball history, following her mother, Kay Tucker, who played for the Boilermakers from 1990-93. The 6-foot-2 forward was just the fifth 1,000-point scorer in Hathaway Brown's history, leading the Blazers to an Ohio state runner-up finish as a senior. She has a very well-rounded skill set and will bolster the Boilermakers' post play this season.
McLaughlin became the ninth Indiana Miss Basketball to wear the Old Gold & Black, after leading Homestead High School to the Indiana state title in 2017. Her school-record 2,586 career points rank 10th in Indiana high school history, and in addition to her 25.9 points per game average she also posted 5.6 assists a game and shot 46.1 percent from 3-point range. McLaughlin also became the second major commit for Purdue athletics from Homestead in the last two years, following Boilermaker men's basketball All-American Caleb Swanigan.