Purdue’s Kiesler to Miss 2018-19


The Boilermaker senior captain has appeared in 89 games over the last three years


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp announced Thursday that senior Nora Kiesler will not play her fourth and final year of eligibility with the Boilermakers due to injury. The senior captain has had concussion issues throughout her career and will cease competition on the advice of her physician, family and team.


“It’s a sad way for her career to end, but this is in the best interest of Nora’s health and well-being,” said Versyp. “She’s been such a great part of our program for the last three seasons, setting records, providing us with a valuable voice on the floor and doing amazing things in the classroom. The good news is that she will still be able to be a great influence for her team off the floor and on our sideline.”


Kiesler has appeared in 89 games over the last three seasons, averaging 2.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per game. Over the last two campaigns she’s shot a stellar 90 percent at the charity stripe and connected on 45.6 percent from the field in 2017-18. She tied for the Boilermakers’ freshman single-game blocked shots record, rejecting seven at Penn State in 2016, a double-overtime win for the Boilermakers in University Park.


In the classroom, Kiesler completed a double major in management and marketing in the Krannert School of Management in three years and is currently working on her MBA at Purdue. She’s a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in 2018.


Purdue opens its season Sunday, Nov. 4, playing Ashland University in an exhibition game at Mackey Arena.