Post Game: Lady Tops 81 – South Alabama 55


Alex Stills – Bowling Green Daily News

Goodness gracious, was this another fun one.

For the second game in a row, both games coming against schools from Alabama, the Lady Toppers put together an offensive show, and blew their opponent out of the water.

Before the game, you may have asked, “Gee, how in the world will this team play after a 93-66 win?” How about an 81-55 throtle?

Western Kentucky (16-8, 8-5) got 22 point from Chastity Gooch, 17 from Bianca McGee and 12 from Kendall Noble, as well as shot 49% from the floor on their way to beating South Alabama (7-15, 5-7) for the first time not just under Michelle Clark-Heard’s reign, but in the entire career of every player but Chaney Means.

WKU got it done in two ways.
1.) They shot lights out from beyond the 3-point arc. Try 12 triples, seven of which came in the opening 20 minutes of play, and they finished the game shooting 43% from distance.
2.) They shared the ball. The Lady Tops ended the afternoon having recorded 21, yes, TWENTY ONE, assists, lead by Micah Jones with six, Noble with five and Gooch with four.

Aside from an opening basket from South Al, and then a 2-2 tie, WKU lead the entire game.

Out of the halftime break though, the Jaguars tried to make things interesting.

Lead by Breanna Hall (15 points) and Meghan Dunn (12), the Jags went on a 12-0 run to open the second half and cut the lead in half, but Gooch, McGee, Noble and company proved to be too much.

For the time being, the Lady Tops now sit in a tie for fourth place, and if Georgia State loses tonight, they could move into a tie for third.

It’s going to be fun down the stretch. Especially if the ladies continue to ball hard.

Stand up and cheer.