IRVING, Texas – WKU Lady Topper Basketball will face a 16-game slate in regular
season C-USA action, including eight matchups inside E.A. Diddle Arena, in the
upcoming 2018-19 season as announced by the conference office on Friday morning.
Under first-year Head Coach Greg Collins, the two-time defending C-USA Tournament
champions are set to open conference play inside Diddle Arena on Thursday, Jan. 3
against Charlotte. As has been the case since WKU became a member of the league in
2014-15, C-USA league matchups will be played primarily on Thursdays and Saturdays.
After opening their C-USA slate against Charlotte, the Lady Toppers will also
welcome Old Dominion to Diddle Arena on Jan. 5 to close out the opening week of
action. The Lady Monarchs are coached by former WKU assistant Nikki McCray-Pinson
and are a longtime rival of the Lady Toppers dating back to the squads’ bouts in the
Sun Belt in the 1980s; WKU has claimed all eight meetings against Old Dominion since
Following a bye from Thursday action on Jan. 10, WKU will square off against travel
partner Marshall in the first of two meetings before a return trip to Huntington, W.
Va., on Feb. 23. Last season, WKU earned two wins over the Thundering Herd and is
10-1 in the all-time series.
On Jan. 17 and 19, the Lady Toppers will make the Florida swing to battle FIU and
Florida Atlantic on the road for the first time since 2015-16; WKU is a combined 8-0
against the Panthers and Owls during its time in C-USA. Following that trip, WKU
will be back inside Diddle Arena to host Southern Miss (Jan. 24) and Louisiana Tech
(Jan. 26). The Lady Toppers defeated Southern Miss in the 2015 and 2017 C-USA
Tournament title games and has won six straight in the series against the Lady
WKU will make the UTSA-UTEP road swing for the third time as a C-USA member on Jan.
31 and Feb. 2 and will be seeking its first sweep of that trip. In both 2015 and
2017, the Lady Toppers picked up road wins at UTEP but fell in tight battles at
UTSA; the Roadrunners are the only C-USA team that WKU has not defeated on the road
as a league member.
Rice (Feb. 7) and North Texas (Feb. 9) are up next inside Diddle Arena for the Lady
Toppers before a critical road trip to archrival Middle Tennessee (Feb. 14) and
2017-18 regular season champion UAB (Feb. 16). WKU is riding its longest winning
streak over the Blue Raiders (five straight wins) since winning nine straight in the
series from 1983-98, and the Lady Toppers defeated UAB, 72-57, to claim the 2018
C-USA Tournament championship.
For the final week of play, WKU will travel to North Texas (March 2) before hosting
Middle Tennessee in its regular season finale on March 7.
The 2019 C-USA Tournament will be held at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco,
Texas, for the second straight season from March 13-16. WKU will look to claim its
fourth conference tournament title in five seasons as a member of the league after
previously earning top honors in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Last season, WKU put together a 12-4 record in C-USA action and a 24-9 mark overall,
finishing second in the league standings before stringing together three
double-digit victories to claim the C-USA Tournament title. Since joining the league
in 2014-15, the Lady Toppers own a 59-11 mark against C-USA foes in the regular
season and have been seeded no lower than third for the conference tournament.
WKU has previously announced that its regular season non-conference opener will be
played inside Diddle Arena against 2018 Final Four participant and in-state rival
Louisville on Nov. 6. The Lady Toppers will release their full non-conference slate
in the coming weeks.