Past Meets Future

Today I was still in Lafayette so I went to the Purdue Women’s game. They were playing an exhibition against the OBGR Legends. One member of that team played for Purdue at the turn of the century. She is Erica Valek who is pictured above in the black jersey. She was a little before my time watching women’s basketball, but I do remember her being a great leader on the floor. She was fun to watch again. The other interesting part of the day was seeing some new faces on the floor as well as the return of a couple old ones. Jodie Howell and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton made their return to the court today. It was great to see these two back in action after missing all of last season. Lindsay looked like her old self being wherever the ball is. Her quick hands make a huge difference on the court. Howell looked good as well when she shot. She is full of bandages and pads though. Today was also my first chance to see the freshmen for the first time. None of them more heralded than Brittany Rayburn. She seemed like she was at every game last year, so she should be used to seeing a game here. What she probably was not used to was being on the floor. She looked a little tight at the beginning of the game, but settled in nicely during the second half. She only had two points, but the sky is the limit for her. The star of the game though was Danielle Campbell. She took the game over similar to the way JaJuan Johnson did last night for the men. She finished with 22 points including two three pointers. Not bad for the center. This could be a great year. Look for a preview sometime this week before the first game of the year.


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