Purdue's Traore Selected Big Ten Player of the Week

Purdue's Aya Traore earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of her career.

Purdue's Aya Traore earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of her career.

Jan. 2, 2006

Aya Traore, Purdue 
SR, 6-1, F, Dakar, Senegal/Moore

Entering conference play with a scoring output of 10.1 points per game, Traore averaged 20.5 points on 16-of-28 shooting (.571) and 6.0 rebounds in leading Purdue to a 2-0 league start for the first time since the 2000-01 season.  Battling a week-long stomach flu, the senior forward pitched in a game-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting (.583) in a 77-57 win over Wisconsin on Thursday.  Traore then dropped in a career high-tying 23 points to lead the No. 18 Boilermakers to a 61-59 upset over No. 7 Ohio State in Mackey Arena on New Year's Day.  Sixteen of her 23 points against the Buckeyes came in the final 20 minutes to help the Boilermakers overcome a nine-point halftime deficit.

This is Traore's first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor.

Last PUR POW:  Natasha Bogdanova (11/22/04)