This is an all time low for Purdue Women’s Basketball.
This season has been tough sledding from the very beginning for Sharon Versyp and the Boilermakers, but this seems to be an all-time low for the program. Losing to a 2-11 Illinois team whose only wins are Indiana State and Omaha is inexcusable.
Purdue allowed the Fighting Illini were able to snap their 10 game losing streak on Sunday afternoon by a score of 54-49.
Everyone was all out of sorts today, sloppy play, bad shooting and a lack of timely stops were to blame for the loss. Purdue was actually able to gain a lead of up to 11 points at the 1:55 mark of the second quarter and had a 32-24 lead heading into the break.
After halftime, Illinois just chipped and chipped away at the lead and took the lead with 4:45 left in the game. This was followed by a back and forth battle in the final few minutes before Illinois was able to ice the game with a 7-0 run in the last minute of the game.
There is just not much to say about this team and season to this point. It has been a complete nosedive since Purdue moved to 5-2 on the year including back-to-back wins over Nebraska and Penn State.
Since the New Year started, the Boilermakers have lost 6 of their last 7 games and are in third to last place. The lone win of 2021 came against Wisconsin who is in dead last in the Big Ten and has a conference record of 1-13.
The time is now to move on from Sharon Versyp. A one-time powerhouse program in the women’s basketball world is now one of the laughing stocks of the Big Ten conference. I would not be surprised if come Monday morning, Mike Bobinski announces that Versyp is finally out as Purdue’s head coach.
By all accounts, Coach Versyp is a great woman, cares for her players, and does amazing things for the community. Regardless of those stories and relationships, she has formed, there needs to be a change at the helm for the program and hopefully, that time will be coming soon.