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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED OLUME 26, ISSUE 5 70 Projected Starters Tiara Murphy 3 5-7 • G • So. The diminutive point guard played only 6.1 minutes per game as a freshman, but it's what she did in limited playing time that gives hope for a big jump in Year 2. She scored al- most two points per game — over 30 minutes, that'd be 10 points per outing — while hitting nearly 50 percent from three-point range. But to be able to play significant minutes, she'll need a better grasp of the offense, critical to running the show, better her assist-to-turnover radio, 2-to-3 as a rookie, and defend. Ashley Morrissette 1 5-9 • G • Sr. For the Boilermakers to maintain their level next season, finish in the top half of the Big Ten and make the NCAA Tour- nament, they'll need Morrissette to have an April Wilson-like senior season. That means take on responsibility for the scoring load, partic- ularly in critical moments — Wilson did that so well last season — and become a reliable leader. She was a more efficient scorer last season, but the 38-percent shooting overall could stand to improve and if so, she'll average more than her 13 points last year. Andreona Keys 24 5-10 • G • Jr. Keys does so many things well — she defends, rebounds, scores — that IU coach Teri Moren called her a "junkyard dog." Keys accepted the description, feeling like she is willing to do whatever it takes to win. But if she wants to become more, then she's got to work on her offensive game. The jump shot was missing for most of last season, with a vast majority of her 104 field goals com- ing within 5 feet of the basket. If she can consistently hit in the mid-range, drawing defenders out to help the drib- ble-drive, then she can be a scorer that opponents have to respect. Bridget Perry 13 6-2 • F • Sr. Perry's junior season was a bit all over the place, playing well at the beginning, then leveling off for most of February. She rebounded for a couple good games in the Big Ten Tour- nament, before slumping against in the NCAA. Through it all, she still averaged 10.5 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. Purdue wants her to be a mismatch for opponents, with her guard-like skills causing defend- ers problems on the perimeter. But her jumper was too inconsistent for that to materialize consistently. If she's hitting, that opens up everything for the Boilermakers. Dominique McBryde 20 6-2 • F • So. Ideally, McBryde doesn't start at the 5 position — this projected lineup would be particularly small, without a true cen- ter — but how can Purdue keep her out of the starting lineup? She's the Boilermaker with the most potential to be a game-changing scorer, because she has moves inside that are difficult to stop. But for her to reach her full potential, it's going to be more than only as an inte- rior player. She's good off the dribble and can be a qual- ity jump-shooter, although she didn't show those during her rookie season. Is doubling her season averages of 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds too much to ask? Don't think so. Purdue Women's Lineup — Kyle Charters

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