WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue junior Liza Clemons was named the Big Ten Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday after averaging 18 points and seven rebounds in a pair of Boilermaker victories. Clemons is the first Boilermaker to earn weekly conference honors this season and the first Purdue player since Sam Ostarello secured the honors on Jan. 15, 2013.
Clemons had the biggest game of her career last Thursday, scoring a career-high 23 points and matching a career-high with 10 rebounds in her second double-double this season. She connected on eight-of-12 from the floor and seven-of-nine from the free throw line, while adding a pair of assists, a block and a steal. She followed up with 13 points, four rebounds, an assist and a block at Illinois, making five-of-six field goals and three-of-four free throws. Clemons finished with week shooting 72.2 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the free throw line, while grabbing seven rebounds per game.
“Liza has emerged as an outstanding player, not just on our team but in the Big Ten,” said Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp. “She’s an incredibly efficient player and she showed that the last two games. We’re excited to see her honored.”
Clemons currently ranks eighth in the conference, shooting 53.4 percent from the field, and sits fourth in Big Ten games, converting 56.7 percent through eight conference contests. After playing just five minutes per game over her first two seasons with the Boilermakers, she’s averaging 26.7 minutes per game this season. Her 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game are both career-high averages.
The 19th-ranked Boilermakers return home this week, hosting 12th-ranked Penn State on Thursday in Mackey Arena at 6 p.m. (ET), live on the Big Ten Network. Purdue will be hosting “90’s Night” for the gameday promotion, and the first 2,500 fans will receive mini-replicas of the Boilermakers’ 1999 NCAA Championship banner.