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Boilers Unable To Capitalize On Runs, Lose Fourth Straight

Feb 8, 2015
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The Purdue Women’s basketball team jumped out to a seven-point lead twice today against Penn State at Mackey Arena.

But continued struggles with free throws and layups let the Lady Lions back into the game both times, with Penn State eventually winning 54-50.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Boilermakers and the first road win of the season for Penn State.

Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp says she liked her team’s defensive effort today, but says the offensive effort was lacking.

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We know about college athletes because of their performance in the athletic arena. But what’s the life of a Division I athlete like when they’re not in competition?

This week on WBAA’s Off The Field With Morgan Burke, we ask what sorts of accommodations are made for athletes – both in their classes and with their coaches. Can athletes participate in the college experience as fully as most students?

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A six-game losing streak to Ohio State came to an end last night for the Purdue men’s basketball team.

The Boilermakers beat the 20th-ranked Buckeyes 60-58 at Mackey Arena to extend their winning streak to four games, including three against Top 25 teams.

Purdue led by nine with 2:16 to play, but allowed one last Ohio State rally.

A three-point basket by Buckeye leading scorer D'Angelo Russell with 31.2 seconds left cut Purdue’s lead to 58-56.

Bill Would Require Concussion Training For Most Coaches

Jan 29, 2015
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High schools in Indiana are required to educate their coaches, student athletes, and parents about concussions and head injuries, and follow specific rules after a head injury occurs.

A new law would apply those same rules to grades 5-8.

Senate Bill 403 would require all coaches and assistant coaches to complete some safety education courses, if their athletes are less than 20 years old.

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It's hard to tell much from watching warm-ups. Shots are taken, passes made, slam dunks attempted. But those slams told the tale Wednesday for Purdue's Basil Smotherman, whose energy fueled his team whenever the sellout crowd's adrenaline began to wane.

Though Rafael Davis led the Boilers with 19 points, it was Smotherman's end line-to-end line pushes that defined Purdue in a 83-67 win over a top-20 Indiana team.

Boilers Come Up Short Against The Buckeyes

Jan 25, 2015
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Five players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to lead the Purdue women’s basketball team to a win today at Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers lost to Ohio State 79-71 in overtime.

The Boilers struggled in the first half, shooting just 27.3% from the floor.

But the team rallied in the second half, building a 12-point lead with 9:49 remaining in the game.

The Buckeyes surged back, outscoring the Boilermakers 21-9 during the last nine minutes of regulation.

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Following a late night trip home after watching the Purdue women’s basketball team defeat Minnesota in overtime Thursday, Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke joins us for our bi-weekly conversation to talk about autonomy in Div. I athletics.

In light of the NCAA’s meeting, what might the new abilities of schools in the so-called “Power 5” conferences mean for Purdue? And what effect might it have on the bottom line?

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 Long scoring droughts plagued both ends of the court, but Wisconsin was able to make up for lost time with a late second-half run that led to a 65-56 win.

While Wisconsin shot 45-percent from the field, Purdue flailed, making just 31-percent of its shots. This meant longer dry spells for the Boilers and more time for the Badgers to bank 12 points off of 11 Purdue turnovers.

"Our transition defense was God-awful in the last four minutes and that's when they got a run," Purdue coach Sharon Versyp said.

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It’s a new year and we’re turning over a new leaf on WBAA’s Off The Field with Morgan Burke. Sure, there’ll be the same question-and-answer format, but on this first show of 2015, we give Purdue’s athletics director a chance to take a crack or two at us in the media. What do we get wrong, screw up and step in?

On this week’s show, we also dig a little into why the Big Ten’s revenue sharing agreement means Morgan Burke is rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes to beat Oregon in Monday’s football national championship game.

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It's common when assessing a basketball player that coaches or scouts will care more about the person's wingspan than their height.

Though they also held a height advantage at every position against UC-Irvine, it was the long arms of the Purdue women's team that led them to a 69-44 victory. 

The Anteaters started a pair of guards who stand 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-4, respectively -- well shorter than Purdue's outside defenders. Consequently, the harassing style of Purdue's sideline trap made passing difficult for UCI -- but not impossible.

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Numbers released recently show Purdue’s football attendance dropped more than any other large-conference school this year.

It’s a worrisome statistic as the athletics department prepares to ask for tens of millions of dollars to refurbish Ross-Ade Stadium.

But it’s just one money-related topics on athletics director Morgan Burke’s mind as he prepares for 2015.

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 Most basketball teams carry at least 12 players on their roster. And many play at least 8-9 per game, hoping to get points from as many contributors as possible. Though Purdue played nine of its dozen players Thursday night, it didn't get a single point from its bench.

And it didn't matter.

Coach Sharon Versyp's team rebounded against Kansas to snap a three-game losing streak, winning 61-48 at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers gained 21 points on free throws alone and scored 24 points off of 23 Jayhawk turnovers.

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Following a big victory Wednesday over Arkansas State, the buzz phrase for the Purdue men's basketball team was "team ball."

The Boilermakers dished out 21 assists and held the Red Wolves to 30-percent shooting from the field.

Purdue is one of seven teams in the nation to hold at least three opponents to 43 points or fewer. The team also handled the ball better than in a loss to North Florida, committing just ten turnovers for the game.

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After a disappointing 73-70 loss to North Florida Saturday, Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter switched things up from the start tonight against IPFW. Painter gave freshmen PJ Thompson and Isaac Haas their first career starts for Purdue, in favor of sophomore Kendall Stephens and junior AJ Hammons.

Painter says the freshmen deserved the starts based on their play.

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There's an old notion in close games that the team with the last shot can win. For most of Saturday's game, the outcome seemed likely to be determined by which team had a cold streak last.

So when North Florida made seven of its last nine shots and Purdue missed eight consecutive attempts in the last three minutes, the Ospreys walked away with a 73-70 victory.

"Everything that could go wrong for us in the last two minutes did," Purdue Coach Matt Painter said after the game.