#23 Purdue Women’s Basketball Preview

Purdue comes into this season looking to keep the momentum going in their program. We lost Danielle Campbell, Natasha Bogdanova, Lyndsey Wisdom Hilton, and KiKi Freeman last year. They will be hard to replace. We do have three solid players coming back though. Jodi Howell is one of the most dangerous players from behind the arc in college basketball. She plays with a toughness much like Chris Kramer does for the Purdue men. Her body pays for it though over the course of a season. This is her senior campaign, and I hipe it is a good one. FahKara Malone is another exciting player. She enters her senior season needing 63 steals to set the Purdue mark. She is quick and smart, and barring injury should easily have the record. When she is healthy she is fun to watch. One player that broke out during her freshman season was Brittany Rayburn. She went from nervous frosh to a player with nerves of steel on the court. She has the Boilers pointed in the right direction for the future. She can do a little bit of everything, and before it is all said and done could be pretty special. One of the players that I was really looking forward to watching this season, Chantel Poston, is likely out for the season with a torn achilles. She was very athletic, and with time could be really good. Alex Guyton will also be out for the first part of the season. When injuries hit like this the bench needs to step up play. Once we get Guyton back we will have a little more depth on the bench. Freshmen Sam Ostarello and KK Hauser are both highly touted. They will be key components for this run. This season will come down to how well the bench responds to filling in for all the talent that we have lost. Usually the best seasons come when you least expect them. Is this going to be a special season? Only time will tell. We do however get to see the last hurrah of Jodie Howell and Fahkara Malone. That alone is special.

Here is the early projections of how the Big Ten will turn out. I will try this again before the Big Ten season opens up to see if I have changed my mind at all. As far as I can see right now it is a two team race between Ohio State and Michigan State with the Buckeyes holding the edge. It is too early to tell though. Here is how I see it shaping up:

  1. Ohio State

  2. Michigan State

  3. Illinois

  4. Purdue

  5. Minnesota

  6. Northwestern

  7. Wisconsin

  8. Penn State

  9. Iowa

  10. Indiana

  11. Michigan

The Boilers tip off the season today at noon in Mackey. Come out and watch some exciting basketball.

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