BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Coming off one of its biggest wins in recent memory with an 82-75 win over Middle Tennessee on Thursday evening to take control of the C-USA standings, WKU will visit UAB at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon inside Bartow Arena.
WKU leads the all-time series against the Blazers 16-4 and has won each of the last four meetings in the series since both have been members of C-USA. The Lady Toppers won the most recent meeting in Birmingham, 63-49, on Jan. 28, 2016, and also earned a 60-48 come-from-behind win over the Blazers on Jan. 12 earlier this season.
The Blazers come into Saturday’s contest with two wins in their last three games. UAB downed Marshall, 71-55, in its most recent game on Thursday and picked up an impressive 88-81 win on the road at Charlotte on Feb. 9.
Entering Saturday’s battle, UAB is led by freshman Rachael Childress at 12.9 points per game, the lone Blazer in double figures; Deanna Kuzmanic sits just below the double-digit mark at 9.4 points. Miyah Barnes has dealt a team-best 79 assists, and Keonna Farmer paces the Blazers with 6.6 boards per game.
WKU will round out its regular season home schedule next Thursday and Saturday with visits from Charlotte (7 p.m.) and Old Dominion (2 p.m.).
GAME #26 – WKU AT UAB
WKU (19-6, 11-2 C-USA) at UAB (13-12, 6-8 C-USA)
February 18, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Birmingham, Ala. | Bartow Arena (8,500)
WKU Game Notes
– WKU’s 171 three-pointers this season already rank eighth in a single season in program history. The Lady Toppers need just 22 more triples to pass the program record of 192 set during the 2014-15 campaign.
– With 31 minutes played on Thursday at Middle Tennessee, Kendall Noble became the all-time leader in minutes played in Lady Topper history. The redshirt senior currently sits at 4,137 minutes played and is one of just three players in school history to play 4,000 or more minutes.
– With the victory on Thursday evening, WKU swept Middle Tennessee for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign. The Lady Toppers are also the first C-USA team to earn a regular season sweep of the Blue Raiders since Southern Miss during the 2014-15 season.
– With Micah Jones just seven points short of 1,000 for her career, WKU has the potential to field 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 would match 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 3.43 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. Jones has dished out 103 assists to just 30 turnovers and now ranks eighth on WKU’s career charts in the category with 408 assists.
– As a team, WKU is currently seventh in the nation with just 11.6 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 36.3 percent of WKU’s points this season, a number that increases to 42.6 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 84 swats for her career and sits in ninth place all-time for the Lady Toppers.
– WKU owns C-USA’s top-scoring offense through 25 games, averaging 75.9 points per outing. The Lady Toppers have scored 80 or more points nine times this season and have reached 90 points three times and own the top scoring offense in the state of Kentucky.
– Now sixth in school history with 175 three-pointers, Micah Jones needs just eight more to pass Jaime Walz (1997-2000) for fifth place on the charts. Jones also sits at 993 career points and is seeking to become the 38th member of WKU’s 1,000-point club.
– 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 350-of-452 (77.4 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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