BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU will take on Marshall on Sunday afternoon at Noon (CT)
inside the Cam Henderson Center, kicking off the team’s longest road swing of the
season in conference play with three straight games away from Bowling Green.
In its most recent outing, WKU turned in one of its strongest defensive performances
in recent memory and held UTSA to just 20 percent shooting (12-of-60) to earn a
73-38 win on Education Day on Thursday afternoon inside E.A. Diddle Arena. C-USA
Freshman of the Year candidate Raneem Elgedawy led the way with 13 points, 14
rebounds and five blocks.
Tashia Brown leads all C-USA players with 22.2 points per game and fellow preseason
All-C-USA pick Ivy Brown is just short of averaging a double-double at 16.6 points
and 9.9 rebounds per game. The pair have combined to score just over 50 percent of
WKU’s points this season.
Preseason All-C-USA pick Shayna Gore leads Marshall (6-11, 0-4 C-USA) with 18.4
points per game and 43 total assists this season. Talequia Hamilton also averages
double figures at 14.0 points per game and grabs a team-best 7.6 rebounds per
After Sunday’s battle, WKU will remain on the road next week with dates at North
Texas (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Louisiana Tech (Sunday at 2 p.m.) on tap for the Lady
GAME #19 / C-USA GAME #6 – WKU AT MARSHALL
WKU (13-5, 4-1 C-USA) at Marshall (6-11, 0-4 C-USA)
January 21, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Huntington, W. Va. | Cam Henderson Center (9,043)
– As of Jan. 20, WKU is ranked No. 56 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings and has faced
three teams in the top 30 in Notre Dame, Missouri and Iowa. WKU is one of only two
C-USA representative in the top 100 of the rankings, with UAB second at No. 93.
– Since joining C-USA prior to the 2014-15 season, WKU has met Marshall seven times,
a mark that is tied for its most matchups against a single conference opponent
alongside Old Dominion. The Lady Toppers are 6-1 against the Thundering Herd over
that same span.
– Against UTSA on Jan. 18, WKU limited the Roadrunners to just 12-of-60 (20 percent)
shooting from the field in its strongest defensive effort of the season. The 20
percent mark from the field was the lowest by any WKU opponent in a single game
since the Lady Toppers held Puerto Rico’s Interamerican University to 16 percent
shooting on Dec. 20, 1993, in the San Juan Shootout.
– WKU has had at least seven blocks in each of its last three games, including a
season-best 10 swats against UTSA, a mark that was tied for the fifth-most blocks in
a single game in school history. The Lady Toppers lead C-USA with 72 total blocks
this season and have had three five-block games by an individual after going nearly
two full seasons without one as Raneem Elgedawy (twice) and Ivy Brown have hit that
– Through 18 games, Ivy Brown has broken into the top 10 in rebounding in school
history, ranking 10th all-time with 842 boards. The Hodgenville, Ky., native is also
sixth in school history with 129 blocks and her 80.3 percent mark from the free
throw line for her career is fifth among all Lady Toppers who have made at least 200
– Tashia Brown leads C-USA and is 10th among all players in the nation with 22.2
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 both field goals
made (ninth, 660) and attempted (sixth, 1,552) for her career.
– Already 11th in program history with 1,730 career points, Tashia Brown is looking
to move even further up the charts during her senior season. To move into the top 10
in school history, Brown would need to score 33 more points during her final season
on The Hill.
– Through 18 games, WKU leads all C-USA teams and ranks sixth nationally for the
fewest turnovers per game, giving up the ball only 11.8 times per contest. The Lady
Toppers have had single-digit turnovers in seven games this season and lead the
league in turnover margin at +6.9 per game.
– WKU is currently shooting 283-of-365 (.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’ 283 made free throws lead all C-USA squads
so far this season, and their 77.5 percent success rate tops the league and ranks
sixth in the nation.
– WKU has been very strong at collecting its own misses this season and has tallied
nearly as many offensive rebounds as those on the defensive end. The Lady Toppers
have pulled down a league-leading 16.6 offensive boards per game, and Ivy Brown
leads all C-USA players with 4.2 offensive rebounds per game. WKU’s 16.6 offensive
boards also ranks 13th 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 39.0 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.
– Ivy Brown (22 points, 14 rebounds), Dee Givens (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Raneem
Elgedawy (13 points, 23 rebounds) each had a double-double against FIU on Jan. 11,
marking the first time under Michelle Clark-Heard that three different players have
recorded a double-double in the same game. The double-double was the first of
Givens’ career on The Hill, while Brown (9) and Elgedawy (4) have each tallied
multiple double-doubles this season.
– WKU owns an impressive record under Clark-Heard when breaking the 80-point
barrier. The Lady Toppers have posted a near-perfect 53-3 mark when scoring 80 or
more since the 2012-13 season.
– In games immediately following a loss since Michelle Clark-Heard took over in
2012-13, the Lady Toppers are 35-8; WKU suffered its first consecutive losses in the
same season in nearly three years against Iowa and Notre Dame.
– Ivy Brown is currently tied for 18th in the country with nine double-doubles,
already surpassing her total from the entire 2016-17 season. Brown has 27 career
points-rebounds double-doubles, the seventh-most in program history by an
– When holding opponents under 70 points this season, WKU owns a perfect 12-0 record
and is 117-13 (.900) in that category dating back to the 2012-13 season.
– Just one week after Ivy Brown tied the program record with 16 points in the third
quarter at Southern Illinois, Tashia Brown matched that mark in the third quarter
against Toledo on Dec. 17. Brown scored 16 of the team’s 18 points in the frame,
including 14 straight points, and outscored the entire Toledo team, 16-13, over the
– 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 (18) and Sherry Porter (8) have been consistent starters for the
Lady Toppers this season.
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