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Wilson ruled academically ineligible

Purdue lost some of its frontcourt depth on Tuesday.

Sophomore Ashley Wilson won't play again this season after being ruled academically ineligible for the spring semester, coach Sharon Versyp announced.

Wilson, a 6-foot forward, averaged 5.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 games. That rebounding total was boosted to 5 per game during Big Ten play, which led the team.

Without Wilson in the lineup, Purdue will need more contributions from Drey Mingo, Chelsea Jones and Sam Ostarello, Versyp said.

"We have to have physical play," Versyp told the Lafayette Journal & Courier on Tuesday. "The biggest thing is to keep doing what we need to do and keep improving.

"It's all physical and offensive rebounds. Sam O. could bring the offensive rebounding and Chelsea could bring the physicality a little bit. Both of them will help us out."

Wilson has had two surgeries on her right leg to repair a stress fracture since March. She missed the first four games of the season while recovering from the second surgery.

"We've played when she hasn't been out there," Versyp told the Journal & Courier. "I think everyone is pretty comfortable. They just have to step up."

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