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PURDUE WOMENS BASKETBALL RECRUITING:
Recruiting Update: New marks set by players




Date: 2/13/2005
Author: Bob_Richards
Old Gold Free Press Columnists

    Harris surpasses 1,000 point mark

    During North Central's final game of the regular season against Terre Haute North, Purdue recruit Amber Harris scored 30 points to surpass the 1,000 point scoring mark. She hit the mark on a slam dunk, her third dunk of her high school career in a high school game.

    Volleyball bound Lynch lands 4A rebounding title

    New Albany's Stephanie Lynch, who has signed with to play volleyball at Purdue, ended her high school career as the best rebounder in Class 4A, Indiana's largest school class. Lynch averaged 11.7 rebounds per game, the best among 4A players, and No. 6 among all Indiana classes.

    Among all classes, Purdue basketball recruit Ta'Shia Phillips (who is still alive in the IHSAA tournament) is currently at No. 4 with a 12.3 per game average. Phillips will move up the list as a result of a 27 rebound performance on Friday night, which set a new school record. The state rebounding leader is Union (Dugger) junior Kelsie Manuel with 13.4 per game.

    Jodi Howell leads state in scoring

    Alexandria's Jodi Howell must now sit and wait to see if her state scoring average of 28.2 points holds while others close to her continue on through the IHSAA tournament. Howell sits atop the state scoring list, just over two points per game higher than No. 2 Samantha Stahl (26.1) of Owen Valley and Megan King (26.1). Of the top seven players on the list with a legitimate shot at possibly knocking Howell off her lofty perch, only two remain playing on teams still alive in the IHSAA tournament and have at least one more regional game remaining. Fort Wayne Canterbury sophomore Megan King and Bishop Luer's senior Stefanie Gerardot (23.4) are both on teams that won sectional titles this weekend.

    Purdue recruit Ta'Shia Phillips is currently 14th with an average of 20.3 and is also still alive in the tournament.

    Niqky Hughes verbals to Texas

    One of the nation's top players with Purdue on her list has chosen to stay close to home. Waxahachie (TX) junior Niqky Hughes has committed to play for the Longhorns, following in the footsteps of her brother Antwan Kirk-Hughes, a former offensive lineman at Texas.

    Texas has been a recruiting hotbed for Kristy Curry during her tenure at Purdue, and maybe the best thing going for Purdue is UT's recruiting success in recruiting the classes of 2005 and 2006. Texas will bring in seven players from the class of 2005, and has already received commitments for three of their four available scholarships for the class of 2006. That will leave Texas with very few scholarships over the next few years, which will leave the state's flagship program unable to protect what is normally a deep talent pool.

    2005 Big Ten recruiting

    There have been no major changes lately to the list of 2005 commitments for the Big Ten, besides the University of Wisconsin adding an invited walkon, 5'10 guard Brittany Cannon of Mount Horeb (WI). The Big Ten still has four commitments from the class of 2006 (two for Purdue, one for Wisconsin, one for Michigan State), and one from the class of 2007 (Purdue).

    A listing of the known Big Ten commitments can be found on our Big Ten commitment page linked below.

    READ MORE: Big Ten Recruiting: Commitments

    Ramblings

    "I think our fans said it all, when she went out with eight seconds to go and our fans gave her a standing ovation. I will honestly miss competing against her."

    Shenandoah head coach Todd Salkoski on Jodi Howell after coaching his team to victory against Alexandria in the sectional semifinal game. Howell surpassed the 2,000 point career scoring mark in the game, finishing her career with 2,026 points after missing almost all of her junior season due to injury.


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