Purdue routs LibertyMarch 24th, 2013 at 6:59 pm by Caleb Martin under Sports 18
Purdue dominated from beginning to end in its game against Liberty on Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center.
I think I was able to have as much fun as the Boilermakers too! I was able to sit court-side as the Boilers routed the Lady Flames 77-43. After the game I was standing outside the Boilermakers locker room. I was able to shake Courtney Moses’ hand and congratulate her, KK Houser, and Sam Ostarello before they were escorted to the press conference room.
Now when I conduct interviews at the NCAA Touranment, I just spend time in the locker room and speak with the players there. The players were in great spirits and were joking around after the big win! I spoke to the Louisville native and Purdue freshman guard, April Wilson first. I had to ask her if she noticed any friends and family in the stands. Of course she said yes. She said she heard her name screamed out a few times but she was more focused on what was taking place on the court. It showed too. Wilson led the Purdue bench in scoring with 8 points!
I then went on to speak with Chantel Poston, Taylor Manuel, Sam ‘O’, Moses, and Houser. How about Ostarello’s game?! She poured in 10 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks! Ostarello set a Purdue NCAA Tournament record with the 17 boards. Liberty’s head coach Carey Green shared his thoughts on Ostarello’s performance.
“I don’t think it changed. I wanted her to wear a Liberty jersey yesterday so she proved me right,” said Green. “She did a great job with 17 rebounds. I’d still like to have a Liberty jersey on her.”
All of the players I spoke with were in great spirits but they are focused on gearing up for their game Tuesday against Louisville.
Speaking of Louisville, I was able to watch most of its game from my court-side seat. Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp was just a few seats down from me taking in the game and getting a game-plan ready for Tuesday. Versyp spoke about playing Louisville in her press conference.
“They are a very athletic team,” said Versyp. “They extend their defense with their length. They have great scorers. They have obviously done very well at home.”
Middle Tennessee State played Louisville extremely well for most of the game but the Cardinals were just too strong and too deep down the stretch in the second half.
I really think the Boilers are going to get the win on Tuesday if they play the way they did today! There was a huge crowd for Louisville’s game. So, the crowd might play a factor in the second round match-up. However, the Boilers have played in tough environments throughout the Big Ten. So, I don’t think it will play too much in to the outcome.
I will be back at it tomorrow. (Monday) I am going back to the KFC Yum! Center to get interviews with the Boilers. So, make sure to check back here and remember to check out my stories at WLFI.com.
Hope everyone back in West Lafayette have their snow shovels ready! I hear it is going to get bad. I am looking out my hotel window now and it is still just rain here. I guess I will see what happens.
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