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Women open season against Austin Peay

There was plenty to like in Purdue's exhibition games.

Forward Drey Mingo said she likes how Purdue has been aggressive offensively.

Guard Antoinette Howard thought the defense was "incredible."

The Boilermakers shot 53 percent and had 30 steals in the two games and utilized an up-tempo offense and full-court pressure defense.

Coach Sharon Versyp enjoyed those aspects and hope her team continues to produce in those areas against Austin Peay in the season opener tonight. But she also knows the team needs to continue to make strides.

Asked what she'd like to see her team do tonight that it didn't in the exhibition games, Versyp said, "pretty much everything."

"Better defense. Better help side. Better rebounding. Better passing decisions," she said. "We only had 10 turnovers, but obviously the pressure is going to be a little different. It's still going to be pass selection, when to execute, when to calm down and know how to do things. I thought we handled that very, very well, but we've got to do better the first eight minutes of the game."

  • Freshman guard Dee Dee Williams missed the exhibition finale with a hyper-extended knee, but she should be ready to go for the opener. Williams took most of Tuesday off from practice but was practicing hard on Wednesday, showing her self-described "fierce" defense during one-on-one drills.
  • Guard Ashley Wilson still is limited to half-court activities while recovering from a knee injury. Wilson has another visit to the doctor before the team leaves for a tournament in Cancun on Nov. 24. Versyp hopes Wilson will be cleared then.

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