Lady Tops’ next road stop is Old Dominion

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU will round out its first C-USA road trip of the season at Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. (CT) in a game that is set to be broadcast on ESPN3. The Lady Toppers enter the game with a six-game winning streak over the Lady Monarchs.

The Lady Toppers dropped an 89-85 overtime decision at Charlotte in its last time out, while Old Dominion defeated Marshall, 73-69, on Thursday evening. Kendall Noble approached her third career triple-double with 27 points, 11 boards and eight assists against the 49ers.

Old Dominion is led by Jennie Simms, the nation’s second-leading scorer at 25.6 points per game. Simms scored 43 points in the victory over Marshall on Thursday, the third-most points ever scored by a C-USA player in a single game.

Simms also leads the Lady Monarchs with 44 total assists this season, while Destinee Young averages a double-double of 10.5 points and 10.9 rebounds, the only player in C-USA averaging a double-double this season.

WKU holds a 12-8 all-time record against Old Dominion and has won all five meetings against the Lady Monarchs since joining C-USA in 2014-15.

The Lady Toppers will return to E.A. Diddle Arena for a three-game homestand beginning with next Thursday’s Education Day matchup against UAB at 11 a.m. (CT).

WKU (10-5, 2-1 C-USA) at Old Dominion (7-7, 2-1 C-USA)
January 7, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Norfolk, Va. | Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,472)
WKU Game Notes

– WKU’s 34 attempted three-pointers in Thursday’s 89-85 setback at Charlotte were a new school record, surpassing the 33 taken against Texas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on March 20, 2015.

– Redshirt senior Kendall Noble has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, joining Alexis Govan as Lady Toppers who have received the honor under Michelle Clark-Heard.

– This season, Noble has become the only player in Lady Topper Basketball history to reach 1,500 points, 750 rebounds and 500 assists for her career and is on pace to finish in the top 10 in all five major statistical categories in the WKU record book.

– WKU will look to bounce back on Saturday following its loss at Charlotte. Under Clark-Heard, the Lady Toppers have a 30-6 record (.833) in games immediately following a loss and have not dropped consecutive games since Nov. 23 and 25, 2014, at Mississippi State and Louisville.

– WKU’s 52-point margin of victory over FIU was its largest in conference play since a 100-42 win over South Alabama on Feb. 26, 1998. The win was also the largest in any conference matchup across the nation so far this season and marked WKU’s most points scored in a conference game since scoring 94 against UT Arlington on March 1, 2014.

– Junior Ivy Brown tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds against the Panthers, giving her 16 for her career. Brown’s 16 points-rebounds double-doubles are tied for 12th in program history alongside Paulette Monroe, and the junior needs six more to move into the top 10 in school history.

– Micah Jones leads all C-USA players and ranks 13th among all Division I players with a 3.05 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. Jones has dished out 61 assists to just 20 turnovers.

– WKU owns C-USA’s top-scoring offense through 15 games, averaging 78.5 points per outing. The Lady Toppers have scored 80 or more points eight times this season and have reached 90 points three times.

– As a team, WKU is shooting 232-of-294 (78.9 percent) from the free throw line this season, an improvement of 10 percent from the 2015-16 season. Currently, WKU ranks seventh among all Division I teams in free-throw percentage this season.

– Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard earned her 200th total win at WKU as both a coach and a player in Dec. 21’s win over Ball State. Clark-Heard captured 89 wins during her four years on The Hill as a student-athlete and has picked up 113 wins since arriving as the head coach before the 2012-13 season.

– WKU broke the NCAA women’s basketball record for fewest points allowed in a half by holding Lipscomb to just two first-half points on Dec. 15. The mark was also the fewest in men’s basketball since the introduction of the shot clock. In addition, WKU had six players reach double figures for the first time since Jan. 21, 2009, in the victory, a stretch of nearly eight years.

– 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 1,091 points for her career in just 82 games. The Lake Park, Ga., native joined teammate Kendall Noble (1,548 points) in the category and is the fourth player to enter under Coach Clark-Heard.

– 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.

– Already eighth in school history with 162 three-pointers, Micah Jones needs just three more to pass Renee Westmoreland (1990-93) for seventh place on the charts.

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