WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Tashia Brown extended her 20-point scoring streak to six
straight games with a game-high 24 points and WKU held on for a 66-58 victory over
Stetson in the opening game of the 2017 West Palm Beach Invitational inside the
Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center on Saturday afternoon.
With her sixth consecutive 20-point game, Tashia Brown became the first Lady Topper
to accomplish that feat since the program’s all-time leading scorer, Crystal Kelly,
also did so during the 2007-08 campaign. Brown was joined in double figures by
Raneem Elgedawy (13), Ivy Brown (12) and Whitney Creech (10).
Both Elgedawy and Ivy Brown also tallied double-doubles with 10 and 12 rebounds,
respectively. Brown now has a double-double in five of her last six games, while
Elgedawy hit the mark for the second time this season for the Lady Toppers (7-3),
who captured their sixth straight win.
Kennedi Colclough and Brittney Chambers led the Hatters (6-6) with 16 points apiece,
and Shania Meertens rounded out the trio in double figures with 12 points. Meertens
also chipped in six rebounds and six assists on the afternoon.
Following an early three-pointer from Ivy Brown, Stetson jumped out to a four-point
lead on two occasions in the opening quarter, but each time WKU was able to erase
the deficit. Trailing 9-5 midway through the quarter, the Lady Toppers fired off six
straight points to go back out in front on Creech’s jumper with 3:06 to play in the
Six more unanswered points from the Lady Toppers spanning into the second quarter
gave them their largest lead of the day to that point. Elgedawy tallied five of the
six points during the stretch for WKU, including a jumper to cap the run with a
Another long run, this time by the Hatters, put Stetson out in front with four
minutes to go before the halftime break. Colclough keyed the stretch with a pair of
jumpers, and Meertens’ pullup left WKU facing an 18-17 deficit.
WKU managed to retake the lead with a few seconds remaining in the half, giving the
Lady Toppers a 24-23 edge heading into the locker room.
Coming out of halftime, Stetson surged back in front with five straight points.
Chambers knocked down a triple on the Hatters’ second possession of the quarter, and
Colclough’s layup with nine minutes on the clock gave Stetson a 28-24 lead.
Over the next five minutes, WKU used the strength of an 11-4 run to erase the
deficit. Four different Lady Toppers scored during the run, including a pair of
pullup jumpers from Creech, and a fast-break layup by Tashia Brown reestablished a
35-32 lead for the Lady Toppers at the 4:41 mark.
WKU’s lead grew to as many as seven points before the end of the third quarter, and
the Lady Toppers took a 46-39 edge into the final 10 minutes.
During the fourth quarter, Stetson closed within four points three times, but the
Lady Toppers refused to allow them any closer than that. WKU’s final six points came
from the charity stripe as the Lady Toppers held off the Hatters down the stretch
for the 66-58 win.
Tashia Brown matched the program record with 16 points in
the third quarter and finished with a game-high 29 points on the afternoon as WKU
defeated Toledo, 70-56, to conclude play at the 2017 West Palm Beach Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
Brown scored 16 of WKU’s (8-3) 18 points in the third quarter to spark the Lady
Toppers to their seventh consecutive win. For the day, she finished 12-of-21 from
the floor and also pulled down nine rebounds, falling just shy of a double-double.
Ivy Brown double-doubled for the sixth time in her last seven games, finishing with
14 points and 10 rebounds, and Raneem Elgedawy rounded out the trio in double
figures with 10 points.
As a team, WKU shot 28-of-64 (43.8 percent) from the field while holding the Rockets
to just 18-of-51 (35.3 percent) shooting.
Kaayla McIntyre led Toledo (7-3) with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Sara Rokkanen
(11) and Mikaela Boyd (10) also reached double figures.
Toledo jumped out to an early lead over the Lady Toppers after scoring the first
five points of the game. Rokkanen knocked down a three-pointer just 14 seconds into
the contest, and a jumper on the next possession by Sarah St-Fort left WKU facing an
The Lady Toppers fired back with a 7-2 run over the next four minutes, sparked by
four points from Elgedawy. The two-time C-USA Freshman of the Week knocked down a
pair of jumpers, and Tashia Brown’s free throw at the 4:57 mark knotted the game at
7-7 just after the first media timeout of the afternoon.
Leading 12-10 with just over three minutes left in the first quarter, Toledo closed
the frame on a 10-4 run to take an eight-point lead after the opening 10 minutes,
capped by Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott’s late triple.
Facing a 24-16 deficit early in the second quarter, WKU surged in front for the
first time on the strength of 10 unanswered points. Four different Lady Toppers
scored during the stretch, which was keyed by a three-point play from Tashia Brown
and Sidnee Bopp’s three-pointer to cap the run and give WKU a 26-24 lead.
Toledo trimmed the lead to one point on three different occasions, but WKU
maintained its lead through the halftime break with a 37-32 edge.
In the third quarter, Tashia Brown took over for the Lady Toppers, scoring 16 of the
team’s 18 points in the period. Each time that Toledo would look to make a run, a
basket from Brown would rebuild the three-possession lead for WKU, and the lead grew
to 10 points, 55-45, by the end of the quarter.
Over the final 10 minutes, WKU did not allow Toledo any closer than seven points as
the Lady Toppers closed out the 70-56 win to close their time at the West Palm Beach
With its Florida trip over, WKU will round out play before the holiday break with
another short road trip to Muncie, Ind., to take on Ball State at 6 p.m. (CT) on
Thursday evening. The all-time series between the Lady Toppers and Cardinals is tied
3-3, and the teams have split the last two meetings. WKU claimed the most recent
meeting, 68-61, between the two sides inside E.A. Diddle Arena last season.