Nov. 14, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Head coach Sharon Versyp and the Purdue women's basketball staff added two talented players to the Boilermaker family Wednesday, as Ashley Morrissette and Bridget Perry signed National Letters of Intent to begin competing for the Old Gold and Black in the 2013-14 season.
The two-woman class is ranked No. 23 nationally (third in the Big Ten Conference behind Penn State and Northwestern) by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Morrissette, a 5-foot-9 guard from Twinsburg H.S. in Ohio, helped lead her team to two straight Division 1 state championships. As a junior, Morrissette averaged 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and three assists per game and she was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Ohio State Championship.
"Ashley can play both the point and shooting guard positions," Versyp said. "She has good court vision and is a savvy, poised and steady player at the point. Ashley has the ability to get past her defender and will finish at the rim, and she also is a great three-point shooter who reads screens very well.
"Defensively, she uses her quickness, good timing and long arms to get deflections for steals. She takes competitiveness to another level and is one of those young ladies that cannot stand to lose, ever. Meanwhile, Ashley has a calming presence and she is the kind of player who makes everyone on the floor with her better."
Perry, a 6-2 guard/wing from Indianapolis Roncalli High School, is a two-time first team all-state selection. She averaged 19.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game as a junior and played in the Indiana Junior All-Star Game. She finished with eight points, three rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 18 minutes in win over Indiana All-Stars.
"Bridget has the ability to be one of the most versatile players we have signed here at Purdue, with the ability to play the one through four," Versyp said. "She is primarily a combo, two-three guard who can handle the basketball extremely well, has great court sense and is a good passer.
"She is a good 1-on-1 player who can get to the rim, but she's tough to defend because she also can shoot the pull-up jumper or the three-pointer. At 6-foot-2, Bridget will cause match-up problems for the defense. She rebounds well from a variety of positions."
ASHLEY MORRISSETTE, 5-9 guard, (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg High School)
Statistics/Records: Averaged 15 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals per game as a junior ... scored a season-high 36 points against Detroit Country Day last season ... had four or more assists in 16 games as a junior ... as a sophomore, contributed 12 points, three assists, two steals and three blocks per game ... averaged 10 points as a freshman.
Awards/Honors: Ranked No. 23 at her position by ESPN.com, ranked No. 39 in her class by Blue Star ... team won back-to-back Division 1 state championships (2011, 2012) ... named the 2012 Ohio State Championship MVP ... has won the Northeast Ohio Conference title all three years ... earned Max Preps Player of the Week honors three times as a junior ... was tabbed WTCBCA Underclassman of the Year as a junior ... Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star ... named to the All-Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Team ... an All-Ohio special mention honoree.
Personal Data: Born April 17, 1995 ... full name is Ashley Nicole Morrissette ... parents are Christopher and Gianna Morrissette ... has an older sister, Jenna, and two younger brothers, Christopher and Nathan ... plans to major in psychology... high school coach is Julie Solis.
BRIDGET PERRY, 6-2 guard/wing (Mooresville, Ind./Roncalli High School)
Statistics/Records: Averaged 19.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game as a junior ... averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals her sophomore season ... averaged 13.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals as a freshman.
Awards/Honors: Ranked No. 44 guard by ESPN.com, No. 70 in her class by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 143 by All Star Girls Report and Blue Star ... first team all-state honoree as sophomore and junior ... selected to play in Indiana Junior All-Star Game ... honorable mention all-state, member of all-state underclassman team and one of state's top 100 underclassmen as freshman ... Roncalli posted 52-21 record over her first three seasons ... the Rebels advanced to the Class 4A semi-state her sophomore year ... member of National Honor Society.
Personal Data: Born Sept. 13, 1994 ... full name is Bridget Anne Perry ... parents are James and Nicole Perry ... both are physicians ... has three siblings: twin brother, James; younger sister, Gretchen; and younger brother, Gabriel ... plans to major in biomedical engineering ... high school coach is former Indiana Miss Basketball April McDivitt Schilling; was Sara Riedeman previous three seasons.