INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Purdue women's basketball will have a different look this season. The results should be familiar.
The perennial Big Ten title contender returns three starters and nine letter winners from last year's 25-9 squad that won the league tournament and a game in the NCAA tournament.
Though the Boilermakers lost their top two rebounders in Drey Mingo and Sam Ostarello, coach Sharon Versyp is confident that her trio of senior guards, Courtney Moses, K.K. Houser and Dee Dee Williams, can lift the team.
"We will be a different team, but I think having our three seniors that have played since they've been freshman have brought us great leadership," Versyp said.
Moses has been named preseason All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media after averaging 13.3 points per game last season. Houser averaged 11.3 points and 4.7 assists. Williams started 28 of 34 games last season.
But that kind of veteran leadership doesn't ensure the Boilermakers a championship. The conference should be very strong overall. Nebraska, Penn State and Michigan State are receiving national recognition and are ahead of the Boilermakers in the preseason Big Ten media poll.
"We just have to go out every day and get better," Versyp said. "It's about growing and developing our younger kids. We feel like we have talent but there is inexperience and we feel like we have a solid blend of five experienced players and seven that are coming in."
Another guard, sophomore April Wilson, averaged 5.4 points last season.
That strength at the guard spots and the versatility throughout the rest of the roster will allow the Boilermakers to push the tempo.
"What we're hoping to do is run even more than we have in the past," she said. "Everyone on our team, when they do rebound the basketball, can put it down. We don't have to go for an outlet, look for our point guard."