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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 28, ISSUE 5 49 ASSEMBLING THE PIECES Purdue feels it has a solid core, but looking to add WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOK AHEAD BY KYLE CHARTERS T hree days after losing at home to Indiana in mid-February, its second straight loss in Mackey Arena, Purdue traveled to Maryland. There, the Boilermakers upset the 10th-ranked Terra- pins, becoming only the third program to beat Maryland since it joined the Big Ten in 2014-15. It was Purdue's first top-10 road win since 1990 and its fourth in the sea- son over a ranked opponent, three of them on the road. But it didn't vault the Boilermakers into the NCAA Tournament, as many expected it to at the time. Instead, a mixture of youth, injuries, illness, a mid-season depar- ture and a short bench — and Purdue would argue in- consistent selection criteria by the NCAA Committee — kept the Boilermakers out of the NCAA Tournament. Left to the WNIT, Purdue won twice before being ousted by Indiana in the third round. It marked the Hoosiers' third victory against the Boilermakers, not only sweeping the rivals' series for the first time since 1985 and winning three straight in a single season for the first time ever. "(Finding) that consistency day-in, day-out, I think Charles Jischke/Purdue Athletics Sharon Versyp likes the core of Purdue's team for next season, but is looking to add a couple players this spring, if possible.

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