BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Coming off its 67-58 victory over Louisiana Tech on Thursday evening, WKU will welcome Southern Miss into E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. (CT). The Lady Toppers are seeking their first victory on their home court in the series.
The series between the two sides is tied at 2-2, with WKU winning each of the two most recent meetings, including a 60-57 victory in the championship game of the C-USA Tournament on March 14, 2015. In the only meeting in Bowling Green, Southern Miss earned a 63-61 win two seasons ago.
Southern Miss overcame a 21-point deficit in Thursday’s 82-78 win at Marshall behind a star performance from Brittny Norris, who scored 33 of her 35 points in the second half. The Golden Eagles lead C-USA in forced turnovers, averaging just over 23 per outing.
Entering Saturday’s matchup, Brittanny Dinkins paces the Golden Eagles with 18.2 points per game and is joined in double figures by Jayla King (11.1). King is also the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 7.2 boards per game, and Dinkins has dished out a team-best 92 assists on the season.
WKU will be off for a week following Saturday’s matchup before heading to Marshall next Saturday at Noon (CT) for the first of three straight C-USA road trips.
GAME #23 – WKU VS. SOUTHERN MISS
WKU (16-6, 8-2 C-USA) vs. Southern Miss (14-8, 6-4 C-USA)
February 4, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
WKU Game Notes
– 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.
– Ivy Brown moved into the top 10 on WKU’s all-time career blocked shots list after a trio of blocks against Louisiana Tech on Thursday. Brown now has 82 swats for her career and sits in 10th place all-time for the Lady Toppers.
– Noble also hit an important milestone in Thursday’s victory, becoming just the third player in program history to play 4,000 or more career minutes. Noble joins former WKU legends Tiffany Porter-Talbert and Crystal Kelly in the category.
– In games immediately following a loss since Michelle Clark-Heard took over in 2012-13, the Lady Toppers are 32-6 (.842) and have not suffered consecutive losses since Nov. 23 and 25, 2014 (at Mississippi State and Louisville).
– For the 2016-17 season, Noble has either scored or assisted on 36.1 percent of WKU’s points, a number that increases even further to 43.4 percent when only C-USA games are considered.
– WKU owns C-USA’s top-scoring offense through 22 games, averaging 75.4 points per outing. The Lady Toppers have scored 80 or more points eight times this season and have reached 90 points three times.
– Now sixth in school history with 169 three-pointers, Micah Jones needs just 13 more to pass Jaime Walz (1997-2000) for fifth place on the charts. Jones also sits at 967 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).
– Micah Jones leads all C-USA players and ranks 10th among all Division I players with a 3.10 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. Jones has dished out 90 assists to just 29 turnovers and now ranks ninth on WKU’s career charts in the category with 395 assists.
– As a team, WKU is currently eighth in the nation with just 12.1 turnovers per game, a number that also leads C-USA for fewest among the league’s teams.
– WKU is shooting 307-of-397 (77.3 percent) from the free throw line this season, an improvement of nine percent from the 2015-16 season. Currently, WKU ranks 17th among all Division I teams in free-throw percentage this season.
– Through 22 games, the Lady Toppers have knocked down the third-most three-pointers in C-USA with 149. WKU has connected on seven or more three-pointers in 13 different games this season and holds a strong 10-3 record when hitting that mark.
– 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
– National Girls and Women in Sports Day: Free pregame youth event for girls in grades 3-8 with basketball drills, volleyball, hula-hoop, cheers and dance routines. Participants receive free game tickets and friends and family can purchase additional tickets for only $5.
– Free Ticket Offer: All kids 12 years old and younger will receive free admission.
– Fan Appreciation Night: All fans can purchase $5 single game tickets (value normally $10).
– Fuqua Events Fun Zone: The inflatable fun zone for kids opens one hour prior to tipoff for free on the third level concourse of Diddle Arena.
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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