Nov. 1, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's basketball team is set to take the floor for the first time this season, hosting Clarke University in an exhibition matchup Sunday at 2 p.m. in Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers, ranked 18th by the AP and 23rd in the USA Today/Coaches poll are 39-3 all-time in exhibition games and 9-0 under head coach Sharon Versyp.
The Boilermakers enter the 38th season in school history and their eighth under Versyp, looking for another outstanding campaign. The AP poll, released this afternoon, marks the third straight preseason ranking for Versyp and her squad, up three spots from last year's poll, and Purdue heads into 2013-14 having been nationally ranked entering 65 of its last 68 games.
Purdue is led by its senior tri-captains and extremely experienced guards KK Houser, Courtney Moses and Dee Dee Williams. Houser and Moses are chasing some of the top marks in school history, while Williams is regarded as one of the top defenders in the Big Ten, if not the nation. The rest of the Boilermaker backcourt is loaded with potential star power as well, featuring sophomores April Wilson and Hayden Hamby and freshmen Bridget Perry and Ashley Morrissette.
The front court will see a variety of new faces for the Old Gold and Black, led by the junior trio of Liza Clemons, Whitney Bays and Camille Redmon. Clemons has established herself as the Boilermakers go-to post player in the preseason and after healing up from last season's shoulder surgery is primed for a breakout season. Bays is set for her first NCAA action in nearly two years after transferring from Maryland, but brings an outstanding resume, while Redmon should help the Boilermakers on the defensive end as a great shot blocker and rebounder. Sophomores Torrie Thornton and Joslyn Massey will bolster the efforts inside after moving from the wings into the post.
Clarke is a NAIA school from Dubuque, Iowa, coming to West Lafayette after playing at Calumet College of St. Joseph tonight. The Crusaders return six players who started at least one game in 2012-13, all looking to improve on last season's 6-22 record. They are led by junior forward Anna Hahn, who is their leading returner in scoring and rebounding with 10.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season.
Sunday's game will be shown on the Big Ten Digital Network, available on a subscription basis. Live results will be available via GameTracker at PurdueSports.com, in addition to updates at the @PurdueWBB Twitter account. The game will be the first "Celebrate Sunday" ticket offer of the season as fans can get four tickets in the upper bowl and a $20 concessions voucher for just $40.