BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU matched a program record by knocking down 13 three-pointers and scored its second-most points in the Michelle Clark-Heard era in a season-opening 96-32 victory over Alabama A&M on Friday evening inside E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Lady Toppers’ 13 three-pointers matched efforts against Lamar (Jan. 20, 1996) and Middle Tennessee (March 11, 2003) for the most in school history, and the 96 points were the most in a single game for WKU (1-0) since notching 98 against Troy on Jan. 30, 2013.
Kendall Noble (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Tashia Brown (13 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles for WKU, and Ivy Brown finished with a game-high 20 points and nine boards. As a team, WKU outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 47-31 and tallied 23 offensive rebounds on the evening.
Jaycee Coe scored 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting from three-point range in her regular season debut for WKU, and Dee Givens rounded out the group of five in double figures with 10 points. Micah Jones dished out a career-best 12 assists on the evening to lead all players.
WKU held a 40-7 advantage in points off turnovers and a 26-9 edge in second-chance points. The Lady Toppers’ bench alone contributed 48 points in the high-scoring effort.
Jameica Cobb led Alabama A&M (0-1) with 10 points, and Shakira Logan finished with a team-high six rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs are coached by Margaret Richards, a former WKU assistant coach who made her debut with the program on Friday evening.
WKU raced out to an 8-0 lead over the opening two minutes behind a pair of three-pointers from Noble and Smith, and the Lady Toppers continued their early run by scoring 13 of the game’s first 15 points. Ivy Brown chipped in five points during the run to key the team’s early lead.
The Lady Bulldogs fought back into the game and whittled WKU’s lead to just eight points, 18-10, after a layup by Hillary Williams with just over 30 seconds remaining in the first frame. Tashia Brown rebuilt the double-digit advantage at the buzzer, however, as she sank a fast-break layup off an assist from Jones to give the Lady Toppers a 20-10 edge.
WKU broke open the game in the second quarter, holding Alabama A&M to just three points over the 10-minute period and outscoring them by a 21-3 margin. The Lady Toppers closed the quarter on a 14-0 run over the final seven minutes to carry a 41-13 lead into the halftime break.
After holding Alabama A&M to three points in the second quarter, WKU maintained its strong defensive pressure in the third frame, limiting the Lady Bulldogs to just four points over 10 minutes. The Lady Toppers gave up two of the first three baskets but shut out Alabama A&M for the final nine minutes of the quarter, going on a 22-0 run to build a 65-17 lead going into the final quarter.
WKU’s lead grew to as many as 66 points in the fourth quarter after three-pointers by Sidnee Bopp and Whitney Creech before the Lady Toppers closed out the 96-32 win, their largest margin of victory since 1998.
The Lady Toppers will return to action for the second of three games in their season-opening homestand on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. as they square off against UT Arlington inside Diddle Arena. WKU earned a 73-64 win over the Mavericks on the road last season and owns a perfect 3-0 record in the all-time series between the two sides.
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