BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU enters its final week of regular season play at E.A. Diddle Arena with a visit from Charlotte at 7 p.m. on Thursday evening in the Lady Toppers’ annual Play4Kay Pink Game. WKU currently owns an 11-game winning streak inside Diddle Arena this season.
The Lady Toppers lead the all-time series against the 49ers by a 15-5 margin but have dropped the two most recent meetings, including an 89-85 overtime thriller in Charlotte on Jan. 5 earlier this season. Inside Diddle Arena, WKU owns a perfect 8-0 mark in the series and has won both home meetings since joining C-USA.
The 49ers enter Thursday’s game on a three-game slide, dropping home tilts against UAB, Middle Tennessee and Old Dominion in those contests. Most recently in a 72-70 loss to Old Dominion, Charlotte could not overcome an early 16-point deficit despite a strong comeback.
Coming into Thursday, Charlotte has four players in double figures: Grace Hunter (17.3), Ciara Gregory (14.4), Lefty Webster (13.2) and Nyilah Jamison-Myers (11.4). Hunter also paces the team in rebounding with 8.1 boards per game, and Webster and Laia Raventos split point duties, combining for 247 assists this season.
WKU will close out its regular season home slate and honor seniors Ima Akpan, Kendall Noble and Micah Jones against Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
GAME #27 – WKU VS. CHARLOTTE
WKU (20-6, 12-2 C-USA) vs. Charlotte (17-8, 9-5 C-USA)
February 23, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
WKU Game Notes
– Redshirt senior Micah Jones became the 38th member of WKU’s 1,000-point club with a season-best 16 points at UAB on Feb. 18. Jones is the third active Lady Topper to join the club after teammates Kendall Noble and Tashia Brown and is also the fifth player to reach the mark under Michelle Clark-Heard.
– With at least five guaranteed games remaining on the schedule, Micah Jones and Kendall Noble appear set to finish in the top five for career appearances among Lady Toppers in program history. With five more appearances, Jones would tie for second alongside Laura Ogles with 134, while Noble would match the 132 appearances by Veronica Cook and tie for fourth in school history.
– WKU’s 176 three-pointers this season already rank fifth in a single season in program history. The Lady Toppers need just 17 more triples to pass the program record of 192 set during the 2014-15 campaign.
– Kendall Noble became the all-time leader in minutes played in Lady Topper history in last week’s win at Middle Tennessee. The redshirt senior currently sits at 4,176 minutes played and is one of just three players in school history to play 4,000 or more minutes.
– With Micah Jones joining the 1,000-point club, WKU has a trio of 1,000-point scorers on the same team for just the second time in school history. Kendall Noble, Tashia Brown and Jones have matched the feat achieved by Lillie Mason, Kami Thomas and Clemette Haskins during the 1985-86 campaign.
– Jones leads all C-USA players and ranks fourth among all Division I players with a 3.39 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. Jones has dished out 105 assists to just 31 turnovers and now ranks eighth on WKU’s career charts in the category with 410 assists.
– As a team, WKU is currently fifth in the nation with just 11.5 turnovers per game, a number that also leads C-USA for fewest among the league’s teams.
– Defending C-USA Player of the Year Kendall Noble is currently the only Division I player in the nation averaging at least 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the season. Noble has either scored or assisted on 42.3 percent of WKU’s points this season, a number that increases to 48.6 percent in C-USA matchups.
– Ivy Brown has moved into the top 10 on WKU’s all-time career blocked shots list. Brown now has 85 swats for her career and sits in ninth place all-time for the Lady Toppers.
– WKU owns C-USA’s top-scoring offense through 26 games, averaging 75.3 points per outing. The Lady Toppers have scored 80 or more points nine times this season and have reached 90 points three times and trail only Louisville’s 75.8 points per game among teams in the state of Kentucky.
– Now sixth in school history with 178 three-pointers, Micah Jones needs just five more to pass Jaime Walz (1997-2000) for fifth place on the charts.
– Under Michelle Clark-Heard, WKU has trailed by double digits in 40 games and has rallied to win 17 times (42.5 percent of the time) when facing a double-digit deficit. Six of those victories have come in the last two seasons alone, including wins this season after trailing by 14 (Kent State) and 13 (UAB).
– WKU is shooting 363-of-470 (77.2 percent) from the free throw line this season, an improvement of nine percent from the 2015-16 season. Currently, WKU ranks 13th among all Division I teams in free-throw percentage this 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.
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– FREE PARKING FOR ALL FANS
– Play4Kay Pink Game: All fans are encouraged to wear pink in honor of breast cancer awareness. WKU will wear special pink jerseys in honor of the event.
– WKU Faculty/Staff Night: All WKU faculty and staff receive four complimentary reserved seats for the game at the WKU Box Office prior to gameday. Must show valid WKU ID, offer not valid on gameday.
– Mister B’s Pizza Deal: Purchase two tickets to Thursday’s game for only $15 and receive a coupon for a free small pizza from Mister B’s. Offer valid online and at the E.A. Diddle Arena box office while supplies last.
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
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