BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Lady Topper Basketball returned home for its second bout with a
rank opponent as #13/17 Iowa visited The Hill Tuesday night. Despite four Lady
Toppers scoring in double figures, the Red and White fell to the Hawkeyes 104-67 to
move to 0-3 on the year. Iowa shot lights out from the field, connecting on 68.9
percent of their shots across the evening.
“We were trying to work on the things that we could do to get better as a team,”
head Coach Greg Collins shared. “To our kids’ credit, for the most part, they were
still out there trying their best to execute and do the things that we were working
on. We’ll come back on Thursday and get to work. We’ve play three pretty good teams,
two of them in the top 15, so I think our kids have learned a lot and we’ll keep
working, keep growing”
Visiting from Iowa City, the Hawkeyes improved to 2-0 on the season as the Lady
Toppers dropped their third-straight decision to a Power 5 opponent.
In the opening quarter, Iowa jumped out to an early lead thanks to four 3-pointers
and 11 total field goals. Alexis Brewer connected on both of her attempts from long
range to lead the Red and White with six points in the frame while Sherry Porter
added five including WKU’s third triple of the quarter.
Iowa continued its hot shooting into the second quarter and extended its lead to
48-24 with 3:15 remaining in the half before WKU put together a run to get back into
the game. To close the quarter, the Lady Toppers went on a 12-2 run to pull back
within 14 of the ranked Iowa squad.
The Hawkeyes shot 64.7 percent from the field in the half while WKU connected on
just 37.5 percent of its field goal attempts. At the break, Raneem Elgedawy led the
Red and White with 14 points and six rebounds. Hitting all four of her 3-point
attempts, Brewer posted 12 points in the first half along with two assists.
Second-half action opened with WKU cutting the Hawkeye lead to 11 thanks to a Dee
Givens 3 pointer, however, from there, Iowa went on a 29-7 run to close the quarter.
Meral Abdelgawad added the Lady Toppers’ seventh triple for her first points of the
evening in the final minute of the frame.
The fourth quarter opened with Iowa registering a 10-0 run before Arame Niang made a
layup at the 7:04 mark. Beginning with Niang’s bucket, the Lady Toppers outscored
the Hawkeyes 21-15 to close the game before falling by line of 104-67.
“Any loss is frustrating, if we could we would want to win them all,” Porter added.
“Like we said, we just have to get back to practice, go back to the drawing board
and try to get the next one.”
Four Lady Toppers finished with double-digit scoring led by 14 points each from
Brewer and Elgedawy. Elgedawy added eight boards including five on the offensive
“I think a positive thing is that our scoring is still really balanced,” Whitney
Creech said. “We have four different players in double digits and that’s just what
Coach Collins keeps telling us is that the strength of this team is our team. When
we have four people in double digits, that’s just kind of showing people that don’t
depend on just one or two people, the whole team is a threat and that we can put the
ball in the basket. I think that’s one of the biggest takeaways from these past
three games that we’ve played, I think they’ve all had multiple players in double
After a quiet first half, Givens added 11 second-half points for her third-straight
double-digit outing finishing with 13. Givens went 3-of-8 from long range in
addition to adding a trio of rebounds.
Porter recorded a season-best 11 points for her first double-digit output of the
year. The sophomore went 5-for-9 from the field including a triple.
The WKU offense was held to a season-low 35.8 percent mark from the field despite
connecting on a season-best 40.9 percent mark from 3-point range.
Iowa shot 68.9 percent from the field on the night off a 42-for-61 shooting
performance from the field.
Despite the contrasting shooting efforts, WKU matched the Hawkeyes with seven steals
and 12 turnovers not to mention leading the ranked squad in second-chance points,
Next time out, the Lady Toppers will hit the road for the second time in a one-week
span to make the trip to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to take on Central Michigan. Action
against the Chippewas is set for a noon CT tip on Saturday.