BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU will open a tough weekend of C-USA action on Thursday
evening at 5:30 p.m. inside E.A. Diddle Arena, hosting Old Dominion for the eighth
meeting between the two sides since the 2014-15 campaign. The Lady Toppers have
claimed wins in each of the first seven tilts.
In their most recent game, the Lady Toppers exploded for a 23-0 run in the second
quarter that proved to be the difference in an 82-63 win over Florida Atlantic last
Saturday. C-USA Player of the Year candidate Tashia Brown had a double-double with
25 points and 11 rebounds, and Ivy Brown added 14 points, a season-best 16 boards
and a career-high seven steals.
Tashia Brown leads all C-USA players with 23.2 points per game and fellow preseason
All-C-USA pick Ivy Brown is averaging a double-double at 16.2 points and 10.0
rebounds per game. The pair have combined to score just over 50 percent of WKU’s
points this season with 867 total points between the duo.
Victoria Morris is the leading scorer for the Lady Monarchs at 12.2 points per game
and is joined in double figures by Odegua Oigbokie’s 10.6 per outing. Oigbokie is
the team’s top rebounder at a 6.1 clip, and MaKayla Timmons has dished out a
team-high 81 assists.
Following Thursday’s game, WKU will hit the road for a very quick turnaround at Rice
on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in a clash of two of the top teams in the
GAME #23 / C-USA GAME #10 – WKU VS. OLD DOMINION
WKU (17-5, 8-1 C-USA) vs. Old Dominion (5-18, 3-6 C-USA)
February 8, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. (CT)
Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
– As of Feb. 7, WKU is ranked No. 46 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings and has faced
four teams in the top 40 in Notre Dame, Missouri, Iowa and Ball State. WKU is one of
only two C-USA representatives in the top 100 of the rankings, with UAB second at
– WKU enters Thursday’s game with a 16-game winning streak against C-USA opponents
inside Diddle Arena dating back to Feb. 25, 2016. That is the longest such streak
for the Lady Toppers since winning 17 straight from the 2003-04 to 2006-07 campaign
and the longest active streak among C-USA teams; no other team is closer than Rice’s
four straight C-USA home wins.
– Ivy Brown enters Thursday’s game as the only Division I player in the nation
averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Brown also has 11
points-rebounds double-doubles this season, tied for 22nd in the country.
– WKU currently owns an eight-game winning streak against Old Dominion that dates
back to March 1, 1991, and the Lady Toppers hold a 14-8 lead in the all-time series
against the Lady Monarchs. WKU has won all seven meetings between the sides since
both have been members of C-USA.
– – WKU owns an impressive record under Clark-Heard when breaking the 80-point
barrier. The Lady Toppers have posted a near-perfect 55-3 mark when scoring 80 or
more since the 2012-13 season; this season, WKU has scored 80 or more points nine
– WKU’s 23-0 run against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 3 was the team’s longest
unanswered run since a pair of runs (27-0 and 37-0) against Lipscomb on Dec. 15,
2016, a game that saw WKU set the NCAA record for fewest points allowed in a half by
holding Lipscomb to two first-half points. WKU outscored Florida Atlantic 32-12 in
the second quarter, its second-most points in a single frame since moving to the
system in 2015-16.
– With 25 points against Florida Atlantic, Tashia Brown pulled within 13 points of
passing Leslie Logsdon on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,842 points. Logdson’s
mark of 1,854 points is up next for Brown, followed by Kendall Noble’s 1,888 points.
Brown is on pace to be just the fourth Lady Topper to score 2,000 career points,
joining Crystal Kelly, Lillie Mason and Tiffany Porter-Talbert. Brown also ranks
12th in C-USA history and needs just eight points to move into the top 10 in
conference history in scoring.
– On Jan. 31, Tashia Brown was named one of the 10 finalists for the Cheryl Miller
Award presented to the best small forward in the nation, becoming the first player
in C-USA history to earn the honor. Of the 10 finalists, Brown owns the most points
per game this season (23.1) and defeated fellow finalist Sophie Cunningham of
Missouri in a head-to-head matchup while scoring 30 points in that outing. Brown has
averaged 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists against Power 5 opponents this
– Through nine games of C-USA play, Sixth Player of the Year contender Dee Givens
has been an offensive force off the bench for the Lady Toppers, averaging 11.9
points per game. Givens has hit double figures in all but the two games of
– When holding opponents under 70 points this season, WKU owns a perfect 16-0 record
and is 121-13 (.903) in that category dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Lady
Toppers have held eight of their nine C-USA opponents to fewer than 70 points.
– With her 10th double-double of the season at Marshall on Jan. 21, Ivy Brown joined
an elite group of just six Lady Toppers with multiple seasons of double-digit
double-doubles. Brown notched 10 double-doubles as a sophomore in 2015-16 and has
already surpassed that mark thus far as a senior.
– Tashia Brown leads C-USA and is sixth among all players in the nation with 23.2
points per game in 2017-18. Brown has not scored fewer than 13 points in any single
game this season and has moved into the top 10 in school history in field goals made
(seventh, 702) and free throws made (10th, 386). Brown also now holds the school
record for field goals attempted for her career with 1,647. Brown is also on the
verge of entering in attempted free throws (529, needs 12 to rank in the top 10).
– WKU has flashed its defensive prowess consistently this season, holding opponents
to single-digit points in a quarter 12 times. For the season, opponents have failed
to reach double digits in 13.6 percent of quarters played against the Lady Toppers.
– Through 22 games, Ivy Brown has broken into the top 10 in rebounding in school
history, tying for seventh all-time with 883 boards. The Hodgenville, Ky., native is
also fifth in school history with 136 blocks and her 80.2 percent mark from the free
throw line for her career is sixth among all Lady Toppers who have made at least 200
– Through 22 games, WKU leads all C-USA teams and ranks seventh nationally for the
fewest turnovers per game, giving up the ball only 11.7 times per contest. The Lady
Toppers have had single-digit turnovers in nine games this season and lead the
league in turnover margin at +7.2 per game.
– WKU is currently shooting 334-of-431 (.775) from the free throw line this season,
with only four players shooting below 80 percent among those who have attempted at
least five free throws. The Lady Toppers’ 334 made free throws lead all C-USA squads
so far this season, and their 77.5 percent success rate tops the league and ranks
12th in the nation.
– WKU has been very strong at collecting its own misses this season. The Lady
Toppers have pulled down a league-leading 17.0 offensive boards per game, and Ivy
Brown leads all C-USA players with 4.4 offensive rebounds per game. WKU’s 17.0
offensive boards also ranks sixth in the nation among Division I teams.
– Raneem Elgedawy’s dominant 23-rebound performance against FIU set several records.
Her 23 rebounds were tied for the most ever by an individual in a C-USA game, tied
for third-most in school history and by any individual C-USA player in a single game
and are the most in a single game by any underclassman in the nation this season.
– Against FIU on Jan. 11, WKU pulled down a season-best 61 rebounds, including 27 on
the offensive glass. Those 61 total rebounds were tied for the eighth-most ever in a
C-USA contest, as were WKU’s 27 offensive boards. As a team this season, WKU is
averaging 39.1 rebounds per game, currently its best mark in a single season since
totaling 41.4 per game in 2011-12.
– In WKU’s 101-47 victory over FIU, the Lady Toppers set a new C-USA record for the
largest margin of victory ever in a C-USA contest. The 54-point win topped the
previous record of 53 that occurred on three separate occasions, most recently in an
84-31 win for Rice over UTEP on Feb. 1, 2007. WKU’s 54-point win was its largest
against a conference foe since downing South Alabama by 58 points, 100-42, as a
member of the Sun Belt on Feb. 26, 1998.
– WKU has started a true freshman at least five times in each of the last four
seasons. Tashia Brown earned five starts in 2014-15, Kayla Smith drew 31 starts in
2015-16, Sarah Price appeared in the starting lineup five times in 2016-17 and
Raneem Elgedawy (22) and Sherry Porter (8) have been consistent starters for the
Lady Toppers this season.
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