Former Miss Basketball wins Fort Wayne’s Favorite female basketball player poll

Karissa McLaughlin

As easy as a breakaway layup, former Homestead and current Purdue star Karissa McLaughlin has won a poll as Fort Wayne’s Favorite female basketball player. McLaughlin, the 2017 Miss Basketball in Indiana, received 43 percent of the vote at News-Sentinel.com to run away from the field.

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Former Leo and Iowa State star Tonya Burns finished second with 21 percent, and former Miss Basketball Jody Beerman from Heritage finished third with 9 percent and another Miss Basketball, Tiffany Gooden from Snider, finished third with 7 percent.

During her career at Homestead, McLaughlin never lost on her home court while helping take the Spartans to a pair of state finals appearances in 2015 and 2017 and a semistate trip in 2016. The 2017 Homestead graduate finished as the area’s second all-time leading scorer with 2,586 career points. As a senior, she averaged 25.9 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 46.1 percent from three-point range and leading the Spartans to the Class 4A state title, scoring 29 points in the championship game.

During her freshman season at Purdue, McLaughlin was named to the Big Ten’s all-freshman squad after averaging 10.4 points and 3.5 assists, starting 30 of 34 games.

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