BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU will go on the road for the first time in C-USA play this season as the Lady Toppers make the trip to Charlotte for the 49ers’ Education Day game at 10:30 a.m. (CT) on Thursday morning.
The Lady Toppers defeated Florida Atlantic and FIU inside E.A. Diddle Arena to open C-USA play last weekend. Against the Panthers, WKU forced 31 turnovers and held FIU to just 38 points, the fewest allowed in a conference matchup since holding Troy to 36 in 2011-12.
In Charlotte’s last time out, the 49ers earned a comfortable 69-51 win at Rice last Sunday afternoon. Charlotte holds a 10-3 overall record and a 2-0 mark in C-USA play.
Four players average double figures for the 49ers: Grace Hunter (14.9), Ciara Gregory (14.2), Lefty Webster (13.1) and Laia Raventos (10.3). Hunter leads the team in rebounding at a 6.5 per game clip, and Webster and Raventos have each dished out well, recording 64 and 57 assists, respectively.
WKU holds a 15-4 all-time record against Charlotte, but dropped the last meeting, 81-72, inside Halton Arena on Feb. 20 last season.
Following Thursday’s game, WKU will remain on the road to take on Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. (CT) in Norfolk, Va.
GAME #15 – WKU AT CHARLOTTE
WKU (10-4, 2-0 C-USA) at Charlotte (10-3, 2-0 C-USA)
January 5, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. (CT)
Charlotte, N.C. | Halton Arena (9,105)
WKU Game Notes
– 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.
– 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 46-0 record under Michelle Clark-Heard when scoring 80 or more points.
– 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 11th among all Division I players with a 3.17 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. Jones has dished out 57 assists to just 18 turnovers.
– WKU owns C-USA’s top-scoring offense through 14 games, averaging 78.0 points per outing. The Lady Toppers have scored 80 or more points seven times this season and have reached 90 points three times.
– As a team, WKU is shooting 214-of-271 (79.0 percent) from the free throw line this season, an improvement of 10 percent from the 2015-16 season. Currently, WKU ranks sixth among all Division I teams in free-throw percentage this season.
– Redshirt senior Kendall Noble eclipsed the 1,500-point mark with 11 points against Ball State on Dec. 21, becoming one of only 12 players in WKU history to reach that mark. Noble, with 1,521 points for her career, needs 85 to catch former teammate and All-American Alexis Govan for 11th place in the record book.
– Earlier this season, Kendall Noble became WKU’s all-time leader in steals and now has 306 for her career. Among all active Division I players, Noble trails only Northwestern’s Ashley Deary (370) on the career charts and is the only active C-USA player with more than 200 career takeaways.
– 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.
– Freshman Whitney Creech became WKU’s first C-USA Freshman of the Week selection since Tashia Brown on March 2, 2015, with her selection on Dec. 19. Creech averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists in WKU’s two victories that week and is shooting an incredible 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the floor 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.
– 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 1,085 points for her career in just 81 games. The Lake Park, Ga., native joined teammate Kendall Noble (1,521 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 161 three-pointers, Micah Jones needs just four more to pass Renee Westmoreland (1990-93) for seventh place on the charts.
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