Lady Toppers return to winning ways in 82-66 victory over Louisiana Tech


After losing their first Conference USA game of the season in a heartbreak loss to UTSA this past Saturday, Coach Michelle Clark-Heard and her Lady Toppers looked to regroup and start up a new winning streak with a win over Louisiana Tech inside of E.A. Diddle Arena tonight.

Western Kentucky did just that, defeating the Lady Techsters 82-66 to improve to 18-3 overall and most importantly, 7-1 in Conference USA.

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The Lady Tops opened the game on a 7-0 run before Louisiana Tech called a timeout to try and wake up. They scored a few points, but WKU held a 18-9 lead with 12:22 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs went on a little run to give them a 21-20 lead at the six minute mark of the first half. The rest of the half was back-and-forth, over and over, as Louisiana Tech took a 33-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The second half was mostly back-and-forth as well as both teams were tied up at 51 with 11:10 left in the contest. That’s when the Lady Toppers went on a 12-0 run to hand them a 63-51 lead at the seven minute mark of the back 20 minutes of play. The Bulldogs tried to rally back, but WKU just kept putting it on em’ as they outscored the Lady Techsters 50-33 in the second half to win the game.

The Lady Toppers shot 60.8% from the field the entire game, but an outstanding 82.6% in the second half. The girls also grabbed 29 total rebounds, dished out 18 assists, and had a not-good 16 turnovers during the contest.

Chastity Gooch led the way for WKU with 24 points, five rebounds, three assists. Alexis Govan had 21 points and eight boards while Micah Jones, Kendall Noble, Bria Gaines, and Ileana Johnson combined for 33.

The Lady Toppers are back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. back in Mighty E.A. Diddle against Southern Miss.

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