Coming off a huge win in overtime against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Purdue hope to keep pumping at full steam into Sunday’s match against the Fighting Illini.
The Illinois Women’s basketball team has not found much success this season, having lost all 10 games against Big Ten opponents this year and ranking last in the conference. Despite the Fighting Illini’s free-fall through the rankings, Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp looks to maintain focus through the upcoming match.
“They’ve been in a lot of games,” said Verysp. “When you haven’t won one you want to win one and you don’t to be the one that they beat. I think they’ve got some good talent, and I think if they start knocking down some outside shots I think that’s the key for them.”
The good talent that Versyp was speaking of was Brandi Beasley of Illinois. The 5’7″ guard out of Memphis, Tennessee has been averaging about 12 points per game while shooting 34.9 percent from the field.
“They have the pieces,” said Versyp on Illinois. “We have to go in there and get ready to play with good emotion.”
Versyp also explained the towel throwing in the locker room that happened after their big win against Michigan.
“Instead of pouring water and pouring stuff on you it was the towel thing,” said Versyp. “They’re really into it and I think it’s a great celebration. … You wanna throw jerseys after every game so that’s something we discuss and now it’s not just towels it’s sweaty jerseys and everything else.”
In order for the Boilers to partake in this post game tradition, Versyp says they must maintain focus.