BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU’s annual tip-off event for Hilltopper and Lady Topper
Basketball, Hilltopper Hysteria, will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at
Parking and admission are free for the event in E.A. Diddle Arena, which features
two new state-of-the-art, high-definition video boards and a brand-new sound system
Complete Nutrition and Hilltop Club are associate sponsors of Hilltopper Hysteria.
Hilltopper Hysteria will once again be a ticketed event this season, although it
remains free admission. Season ticket holders for men’s basketball will have first
priority to ensure their season ticket seat locations for Hysteria, but must do so
by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
After that, women’s basketball season ticket holders will have priority to secure
remaining seats for Hysteria from Monday, Oct 8 through Wednesday, Oct. 10. Starting
at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 through the time of the event, seats will be
available to the general public.
To reserve your season ticket seats, call 1-800-5-BIGRED, text your name to
1-800-524-4733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with introductions of the Lady Topper
Basketball program and a women’s scrimmage.
Men’s basketball introductions are slated for 7 p.m. Both squads will then
participate in interactive shooting contests and basketball-related challenges with
fans and students, with a scrimmage by the Hilltoppers to follow. An autograph
session on the court will conclude the evening.
This year, WKU Basketball is teaming up with Lady Topper Volleyball to help raise
money for a very special teammate. In August 2012 through the Friends of Jaclyn
Foundation, WKU Volleyball adopted Harlie Bryant – an energetic 6-year-old who had
just been diagnosed with Pilocytic Astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer. Now in
her seventh season with the Red and White, Harlie has rarely missed a home match
with her squad.
Every year, WKU Volleyball dedicates a home match as Hope 4 Harlie/Friends of Jaclyn
night with free admission while collecting donations for the two organizations. With
this year’s match set for Friday, Oct. 19, it falls in the middle of Hilltopper
Hysteria week and WKU Athletics would like to make it a family effort to help raise
money for our teammate.
Donations for the Hope 4 Harlie/Friends of Jaclyn fundraiser will be collected at
Hilltopper Hysteria and the volleyball match the following night, but are also now
being accepted online at the following link: https://goto.ps/Hope4Harlie18
Hilltopper Basketball went 27-11 in 2017-18, their most wins in 10 seasons and the
most in the state of Kentucky last year, while advancing to the semifinals of the
NIT for the first time since 1954. WKU ranks third in NCAA history in regular-season
league titles (42), seventh in 20-win seasons (44), eighth in all-time winning
percentage (.661) and 17th in all-time wins (1,775).
Lady Topper Basketball captured its second straight C-USA Tournament crown and made
its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last six seasons in 2017-18, finishing
with a 24-9 record. Entering the 2018-19 campaign, WKU sits just 16 wins shy of
becoming the 10th team in NCAA women’s basketball history with 1,000 total victories
and will welcome new head coach Greg Collins, formerly an assistant with the program
for the last six seasons, for his first year at the helm of the program.
Season tickets are now available for Hilltopper and Lady Topper Basketball! Season
tickets start as low as $155 each for the men and $40 for the women. Help us
#SellOutDiddle as limited tickets remain for this season. Family plan tickets are
available for both men’s and women’s basketball when purchased in groups of four or
more. For more information, call 1-800-5-BIGRED or visit WKUTickets.com.