LOUISVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue women's basketball team has its plan in place for the Liberty Lady Flames.
The Boilermakers know in order to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, they have to keep the Lady Flames off the glass. Liberty is averaging 48 rebounds per game, 11 more than Purdue averaged during the season.
"We are going to have to box out because they out rebound their opponents by 17 rebounds per game," said Purdue freshman Taylor Manuel. "They have very strong post players and it is time to get physical."
"They rebound really well at the guard spot and the post spot," said Purdue senior Chantel Poston. "We obviously have to rebound and play good defense."
The Boilers also know they have to get use to the new court. Purdue tried to get as many shots up as they could in its 90 minute practice.
"We have to get familiar with our surroundings," said Poston. "We had to get a lot of shots up and get comfortable with the gym. We worked on our plan that our coaches have put in place the past few days."
"It seems like forever since we have played a game," said Purdue senior Sam Ostarello. "I think we just want to get out there and get things moving."
The Boilers are hoping to bring an end to Liberty's 14 game winning streak. If Purdue wins, it will face either Louisville or Middle Tennessee State in the second round.
Purdue's game against Liberty tips-off at 12:10 p.m. Eastern Time.
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