BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Junior Tashia Brown led all scorers with 19 points and C-USA Player of the Year candidate Kendall Noble recorded 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals as WKU claimed a 67-58 victory over Louisiana Tech inside E.A. Diddle Arena on Thursday evening.
Despite shooting just 36.1 percent (22-of-61) from the field on the night, the Lady Toppers (16-6, 8-2 C-USA) were able to hold off the Lady Techsters (10-11, 5-5 C-USA) down the stretch after building an 11-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
Ivy Brown joined Tashia Brown and Noble in double figures with 13 points and also added eight rebounds on the evening.
For Louisiana Tech, Kierra Anthony paced the Lady Techsters with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting and was joined in double figures by Jasmine LeBlanc (17) and Alexus Malone (12). LeBlanc pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while Kierra Lang dished out a team-best six assists on the evening.
After Louisiana Tech grabbed an early 5-4 lead out of the gates, WKU fired back with six unanswered points to pull into an 11-5 lead over the Lady Techsters. Tashia Brown got the burst started with a three-pointer from the top of the key, and Noble punctuated the run with a pair of jumpers on back-to-back possessions for the Lady Toppers.
Still trailing by six points, Louisiana Tech pieced together a 9-0 run over the final three minutes of the first quarter to claim an advantage at the end of the frame. Anthony spurred the run with five points, including a layup with just over 30 seconds remaining that gave the Lady Techsters a 16-13 edge.
In the second quarter, neither side could gain more than a three-point edge over the first seven minutes. Clinging to a 22-21 lead at the 3:24 mark, WKU finished the first half on a 7-2 spurt to carry a 29-23 lead into the locker room. Whitney Creech kickstarted the run with a long three-pointer from the right side and four free throws, two each from Noble and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, sealed the halftime advantage for WKU.
The Lady Toppers’ lead expanded to as many as 11 points in the third quarter following Noble’s jumper with 3:35 on the clock, but the Lady Techsters again cut into their deficit, scoring nine of the final 12 points of the frame to close within five points, 44-39, heading into the final 10 minutes of the contest.
Neither team was able to score over the first three and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, but Micah Jones sparked the WKU offense with a pair of three-pointers in a 90-second span to give the Lady Toppers a 53-42 lead. Over the final five minutes, the Lady Techsters were unable to close any further than six points as WKU picked up the 67-58 victory.
WKU will remain at home for its matchup against Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. (CT) inside Diddle Arena. The Lady Toppers and Golden Eagles have split the four meetings in the series, but WKU has won each of the last two, including a tight 54-53 win in Hattiesburg last season.
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