Purdue practices at KFC Yum! Center

March 23rd, 2013 at 6:04 pm by under Sports 18

I was up bright and early this morning to make a trip to the KFC Yum! Center.

I was able to get interviews with the Boilers at 10:50 am. They were tired but excited to get to practice. They said their main concern in playing Liberty is the Lady Flames rebounding. The Lady Flames are averaging 48 rebounds per game and 17 more rebounds a contest than their opponents. Purdue is averaging 37 rebounds per contest. The Boilers know they have to box out and they have to be physical.

Liberty’s head coach Carey Green knows Purdue has good players that can rebound though. He specifically spoke about Sam Ostarello.

“She does a great job,” said Green. “I’d like to have her on my team. She’s a great challenge. I could easily put a Liberty jersey on her. She’d fit with our team really well.”

The Boilers also spoke about getting a lot of shots up in their 90 minute practice. They struggled shooting at the beginning of practice. They didn’t seem to like how the ball bounced on the rims. So, it was vital to shoot a lot so they could get used to the rims! Purdue also continued to work on the gameplan, while working on some out-of-bounds plays.

The team was in great spirits during practice. They were making me laugh with all their excitement. They are a really fun group to be around and I enjoy each time that I am able to cover them!

The Boilers are fairly healthy going in to this game against Liberty. Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp said the two weeks the team had off, really helped Chantel Poston.

“It helped her. It’s just being fresh,” said Versyp. “If the swelling stays down then she can get out there and really help us. Right now she’s doing pretty well.”

I have to add that I really like the KFC Yum! Center. It is really cool and if you have not visited the facility, you should!

My story on Purdue women’s basketball runs tonight at 11 or whenever the cast goes on. It could be pushed back due to NCAA basketball. I really had a lot of fun today and I am excited to cover Purdue’s game against Liberty tomorrow!

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Caleb Martin

 

 

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