WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue women's basketball senior guard Ashley Morrissette has signed a rookie contract with the Women's National Basketball Association's (WNBA) Washington Mystics and will attend their preseason training camp. Morrissette is the second Boilermaker to attend a WNBA preseason camp in as many seasons, following KK Houser's invitation to join the Los Angeles Sparks in 2016.
Morrissette aims to become the 12th player in Purdue women's basketball history to make a WNBA roster, and the first since current Boilermaker assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton played with the Mystics in 2012. The Mystics currently have 18 players on their roster, including Morrissette, and will need to cut down to 12 before of the start of the 2017 season on May 2. She will have the opportunity to compete alongside 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and 2016 WNBA Champion Kristy Toliver, who are newly signed with the Mystics, in addition to fellow rookies Shatori Walker-Kimbrough from Maryland and NCAA opponent Mehryn Kraker of Green Bay.
Morrissette completed one of the most outstanding careers in program history in 2017, scoring 1,416 career points, hitting 181 3-point field goals and dealing 370 career assists. She's the third player all-time at Purdue to earn First Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive honors in the same season, and just the seventh player to lead the Boilermakers in scoring, assists and steals in the same year.
Her move to the point guard position as a senior paid huge dividends for head coach Sharon Versyp as Morrissette dealt the third-most assists in a season by a Boilermaker (172) and scored the 10th-most points in a season all-time at Purdue (603). She led the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game, an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history in an 88-82 overtime loss at No. 2 Notre Dame in the second round.