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GAME NOTES: WKU women tip-off 5-game homestand Thursday

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU finally returns home to E.A. Diddle Arena after six games away on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. (CT), squaring off against nearby Lipscomb to kick off a five-game homestand that spans through the beginning of January.

In its most recent game, WKU led for more than 25 minutes and had No. 8/8 Louisville on the ropes on the road this past Sunday afternoon, but the Lady Toppers fell just short in the upset bid, 68-61. Ivy Brown nearly tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and nine rebounds in the matchup.

Lipscomb is led by 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds from Alex Banks, while point guard Loren Cagle does a bit of everything for the Bisons, averaging 8.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

The Bisons hold a 1-9 record thus far in 2016-17 with their lone victory coming against Anderson, 66-59, on Nov. 20. In its last time out, Lipscomb dropped a tight 77-71 overtime decision against Tennessee State on Sunday.

In the all-time series between the two sides, WKU holds a 2-0 edge over the Bisons. The Lady Toppers won the first meeting, 102-54, during the 1984-85 season, but the series was not resumed until a 64-56 WKU victory at Lipscomb on Dec. 21, 2015, last season.

WKU will round out its non-conference schedule with two more home games over the next week, first taking on College of Charleston at 2 p.m. (CT) on Sunday afternoon before battling Ball State next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (CT).

GAME #10 – WKU VS. LIPSCOMB
WKU (5-4, 0-0 C-USA) vs. Lipscomb (1-9, 0-0 Atlantic Sun)
December 15, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
WKU Game Notes

QUICK SHOTS
– Redshirt junior Kyvin Goodin-Rogers made her debut for the Lady Toppers at Louisville, immediately moving into the starting lineup and tallying eight points, four rebounds, a block and a steal in 27 minutes of action.

– In non-conference play under Clark-Heard, WKU owns a 51-19 record (.729) 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.

– WKU will look to bounce back from its loss to Louisville and has a strong track record of doing so under Michelle Clark-Heard. 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).

– Junior Tashia Brown became the 37th member of the Lady Toppers’ 1,000-point club with 18 points at Austin Peay on Dec. 3 and now has 1,012 points for her career in just 76 games. The Lake Park, Ga., native joined teammate Kendall Noble (1,462 points) in the category and is the fourth player to enter under Coach Clark-Heard.

– Junior Ivy Brown has continued her strong growth from her sophomore season early in her third campaign on The Hill, tallying four double-doubles across WKU’s first nine games this season. Brown is the lone Lady Topper to score in double digits in all nine games in 2016-17 and set a new career-best with 15 rebounds at Austin Peay, the most by a Lady Topper since Chastity Gooch had 16 against Troy on Jan. 4, 2014.

– 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 43-0 record under Michelle Clark-Heard when scoring 80 or more points.

– WKU faced its third ranked team of the season at No. 8 Louisville after previously playing No. 23 Indiana and No. 18 DePaul. The Lady Toppers have not faced three or more ranked teams in a single season since battling against five such teams during the 2007-08 campaign. That season, the Lady Toppers had games against North Carolina (No. 3), George Washington (No. 17), Vanderbilt (No. 20), Notre Dame (No. 23) and UTEP (No. 23).

– With two steals at Eastern Kentucky, Kendall Noble became the program’s all-time leader in steals and now has 292 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 142-of-180 (78.9 percent) from the free throw line this season, an improvement of nine percent from the 2015-16 season. Currently, WKU ranks 14th among all Division I teams in free-throw percentage this season.

– Already eighth in school history with 153 three-pointers, Micah Jones needs just 12 more to pass Renee Westmoreland (1990-93) for seventh place on the charts.

BROADCAST
Listen: 102.7 FM, 1450AM in Bowling Green (Barry Williams, pxp; Laurie Idlett, analysis)
Watch: WKUSports.tv (Online Stream)
Live Stats: WKUSports.com

PROMOTIONS
– FREE PARKING FOR ALL FANS
– Mr. B’s Pizza Deal: Purchase two tickets to Thursday night’s Lady Topper Basketball game for just $15 and receive a coupon for a FREE small pizza from Mr. B’s. Offer valid both online and at the Diddle Arena Ticket Office while supplies last.

TICKETS
WKU Ticket Office: online at WKUSports.com, in person at E.A. Diddle Arena, via phone at 1-800-5-BIG Red or 745-5222 locally

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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