Oct. 20, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With the loss of five seniors, the 2009-10 Purdue women's basketball team will have a decidedly different look from last season, but head coach Sharon Versyp sees much to be excited about.
The fourth-year head coach addressed the media on Tuesday and discussed the new personnel, the injured players and the experience on the perimeter. Versyp also talked about how pleased she is with the team's performance in the first four practices of the season.
The Boilermakers return eight players from last year's team with the bulk of the experience on the perimeter, including senior starters FahKara Malone and Jodi Howell and sophomore guard Brittany Rayburn, last year's Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year. Sophomore guard Chantel Poston is out for the season after injuring her Achilles tendon in preseason conditioning.
Injuries are certainly a storyline in the preseason as sophomore forward Alex Guyton and freshman forward Ashley Wilson are both limited due to lower leg injuries. Sophomores Chelsea Jones and Samantha Woods were both praised by coach Versyp for their work in the offseason and senior forward Laura Garriga was praised for her work ethic and leadership. All three will be heavily relied upon in the paint.
Coach Versyp discussed the need for the freshmen to play this year and touted the early progress of point guard KK Houser and the versatility of 6-foot-2 Sam Ostarello. The Boilermakers will have to wait for Wilson to get healthy, but have the services in practice of transfers Antionette Howard (Florida State) and Drey Mingo (Maryland). Howard and Mingo will not be able to play in games this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but can practice and will have two years of eligibility starting in the 2010-11 season.
Audio files from Purdue Basketball Media Day are available below: