Western Kentucky University womens basketball 2018-19
BOWLING GREEN, KY – NOVEMBER 13: during a NCAA college basketball game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on November 13, 2018 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY (Photo by Steve Roberts/Icon Sportswire)

Lady Topper Basketball returned home for its second bout with a rank opponent as #13/17 Iowa visited The Hill Tuesday night. Despite four Lady Toppers scoring in double figures, the Red and White fell to the Hawkeyes 104-67 to move to 0-3 on the year. Iowa shot lights out from the field, connecting on 68.9 percent of their shots across the evening.

“We were trying to work on the things that we could do to get better as a team,” head Coach Greg Collins shared. “To our kids’ credit, for the most part, they were still out there trying their best to execute and do the things that we were working on. We’ll come back on Thursday and get to work. We’ve play three pretty good teams, two of them in the top 15, so I think our kids have learned a lot and we’ll keep working, keep growing”

Visiting from Iowa City, the Hawkeyes improved to 2-0 on the season as the Lady Toppers dropped their third-straight decision to a Power 5 opponent.

In the opening quarter, Iowa jumped out to an early lead thanks to four 3-pointers and 11 total field goals. Alexis Brewer connected on both of her attempts from long range to lead the Red and White with six points in the frame while Sherry Porter added five including WKU’s third triple of the quarter.

Iowa continued its hot shooting into the second quarter and extended its lead to 48-24 with 3:15 remaining in the half before WKU put together a run to get back into the game.  To close the quarter, the Lady Toppers went on a 12-2 run to pull back within 14 of the ranked Iowa squad.

The Hawkeyes shot 64.7 percent from the field in the half while WKU connected on just 37.5 percent of its field goal attempts. At the break, Raneem Elgedawy led the Red and White with 14 points and six rebounds. Hitting all four of her 3-point attempts, Brewer posted 12 points in the first half along with two assists.

Second-half action opened with WKU cutting the Hawkeye lead to 11 thanks to a Dee Givens 3 pointer, however, from there, Iowa went on a 29-7 run to close the quarter. Meral Abdelgawad added the Lady Toppers’ seventh triple for her first points of the evening in the final minute of the frame.

The fourth quarter opened with Iowa registering a 10-0 run before Arame Niang made a layup at the 7:04 mark. Beginning with Niang’s bucket, the Lady Toppers outscored the Hawkeyes 21-15 to close the game before falling by line of 104-67.

“Any loss is frustrating, if we could we would want to win them all,” Porter added. “Like we said, we just have to get back to practice, go back to the drawing board and try to get the next one.”

Four Lady Toppers finished with double-digit scoring led by 14 points each from Brewer and Elgedawy. Elgedawy added eight boards including five on the offensive end.

“I think a positive thing is that our scoring is still really balanced,” Whitney Creech said. “We have four different players in double digits and that’s just what Coach Collins keeps telling us is that the strength of this team is our team. When we have four people in double digits, that’s just kind of showing people that don’t depend on just one or two people, the whole team is a threat and that we can put the ball in the basket. I think that’s one of the biggest takeaways from these past three games that we’ve played, I think they’ve all had multiple players in double digits.”

After a quiet first half, Givens added 11 second-half points for her third-straight double-digit outing finishing with 13. Givens went 3-of-8 from long range in addition to adding a trio of rebounds.

Porter recorded a season-best 11 points for her first double-digit output of the year. The sophomore went 5-for-9 from the field including a triple.

The WKU offense was held to a season-low 35.8 percent mark from the field despite connecting on a season-best 40.9 percent mark from 3-point range.

Iowa shot 68.9 percent from the field on the night off a 42-for-61 shooting performance from the field.

Despite the contrasting shooting efforts, WKU matched the Hawkeyes with seven steals and 12 turnovers not to mention leading the ranked squad in second-chance points, 14-11.

UP NEXT

Next time out, the Lady Toppers will hit the road for the second time in a one-week span to make the trip to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to take on Central Michigan. Action against the Chippewas is set for a noon CT tip on Saturday.

How to Follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Lady Topper Basketball, visit WKUSports.com or follow the program via social media @LadyTopperHoops on Twitter, @LadyTopperHoops on Instagram and on Facebook at Facebook.com/WKUWomensBasketball.

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Jessica Leifheit

Assistant Director

WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations

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