WKU will play its fifth game in nine days at Noon (CT) on Saturday afternoon, traveling just over an hour south to take on Austin Peay inside the Winfield Dunn Center. The Lady Toppers lead the all-time series against the Lady Govs 17-7 and are eyeing their eighth straight win in the series.
The Lady Toppers earned a 90-63 win at Eastern Kentucky in their last time out on Wednesday behind double-digit performances from Kendall Noble (18), Ivy Brown (14), Tashia Brown (12) and Jaycee Coe (11). Noble also became the program’s all-time leader in steals with 287 in her career during the contest.
Austin Peay is led by 15.5 points per game from Tearra Banks, the lone Lady Gov averaging double figures. Banks is also the team’s leading rebounder at 8.3 per game, while Bri Williams has dished out a team-best 34 assists in 2016-17.
Against the Lady Govs last season, WKU earned an 88-69 win inside E.A. Diddle Arena on Dec. 5. Tashia Brown led the Lady Toppers with 21 points and a career-best seven assists, Noble and Dee Givens each chipped in 16 points and Ivy Brown notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Tiasha Gray led Austin Peay on the afternoon with 17 points.
After Saturday’s matchup, WKU will be off for a week before completing its six-game road trip at No. 7/7 Louisville at 1 p.m. (CT) next Sunday afternoon. The Lady Toppers snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with a 71-69 upset of the then-No. 16 Cardinals inside Diddle Arena last season. WKU will be competing against a top-10 team for the first time since facing No. 5 Baylor in the NCAA Tournament on March 22, 2014.
GAME #8 – WKU AT AUSTIN PEAY
WKU (4-3, 0-0 C-USA) at Austin Peay (5-3, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
December 3, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Clarksville, Tenn. | Winfield Dunn Center (7,257)
WKU Game Notes
– WKU has tallied multiple 90-point games in a single season for the first time since 2014-15, when the Lady Toppers broke the 90-point barrier five times. WKU holds a perfect 42-0 record under Michelle Clark-Heard when scoring 80 or more points.
– In non-conference play under Clark-Heard, WKU owns a 50-18 record (.735) dating back to the 2012-13 season and has dropped no more than four non-conference games in a single season over that same span.
– Tashia Brown is set to become the 37th member of WKU’s 1,000-point club, needing just 17 points to reach the threshold. The junior is WKU’s leading scorer this season with 15.4 points per game and has two outings of 20 points or more.
– With two steals at Eastern Kentucky, Kendall Noble became the program’s all-time leader in steals with 287 for her career, surpassing the legendary Clemette Haskins in the category. Noble owns the top two single-season marks in program history for steals with 105 in 2014-15 and 90 in 2015-16 and has earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in each season.
– WKU has started a true freshman in at least five games in each of the last three seasons. Tashia Brown earned five starts in 2014-15, Kayla Smith drew 31 starts in 2015-16 and Sarah Price has appeared in the starting lineup five times thus far in 2016-17.
– As a team, WKU is shooting 125-of-154 (81.2 percent) from the free throw line this season, an improvement of 11 percent from the 2015-16 season. Currently, WKU ranks seventh among all Division I teams in free-throw percentage this season.
– Already eighth in school history with 150 three-pointers, Micah Jones needs just 15 more to pass Renee Westmoreland (1990-93) for seventh place on the charts.
– For the second consecutive year, WKU took down a top-25 team inside Diddle Arena with its win over Indiana. That victory marks the first time since the 1997-98 campaign that the Lady Toppers have defeated at least one ranked team in back-to-back seasons.
– With a thrilling 79-73 overtime victory over Kent State on Nov. 26, WKU earned its fifth consecutive victory in an overtime contest and moved to 38-14 (.731) in such games in program history. The Lady Toppers have not lost after reaching overtime since Feb. 5, 2014, against Arkansas State.
– With a 14-point comeback over Kent State, the Lady Toppers notched their largest come-from-behind victory since erasing a 16-point deficit to win against Georgetown on Dec. 21, 2013. Since the beginning of last season, WKU owns eight victories when trailing at the halftime break and four wins when down with five minutes to play in regulation.
– Since Michelle Clark-Heard took over the program, WKU has posted a 43-12 record (.782) in games played prior to January 1, including a 21-9 mark (.700) in games played during the month of November.
– In games immediately following a loss since 2012-13, the Lady Toppers are 29-6 and have not suffered consecutive losses since Nov. 23 and 25, 2014 (at Mississippi State and Louisville).
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