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FahKara on Figgs

Ukari Figgs was the point guard on Purdue's national championship team in 1999 and is one of the best players in the program's history.

No wonder current Boilermakers point guard FahKara Malone is at full attention whenever Figgs, now an assistant coach on Purdue's staff, speaks.

"It's been amazing, just having that one-on-one time with her," Malone said. "She explains things extremely well. It's nice to see what may have worked for her that may still work for us. She just brings so much knowledge and she stays on us so much about the little things. That's a big focus of hers. It's been nice to hear her perspective on things."

Malone already has passed Figgs on the school's all-time assists list. Figgs had 409 during her career from 1996-99, sitting at No. 8 all-time. Malone entered the season at No. 11 with 387, but she's had 45 this season.

Malone likely won't pass Figgs on the all-time three-point list -- Figgs is third with 174 career threes, while Malone has 112.

But Malone could do something Figgs hasn't: Be No. 1 in an all-time category.

Malone is only 38 steals from becoming the program's leader.

Even with that milestone in view, Malone still is trying to learn to become better daily. And she's thankful Figgs is there to help her.

"She's so forthcoming with her experiences that we don't have to necessarily go in and be like, 'Coach, what did you do in this situation?' " Malone said. "She just is there and gives it to us, which is really nice. Obviously, it'd be easy to be intimidated by someone who is up here, (a) goddess, who has done what we've never done. It's been very enlightening to have her."

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