BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Tashia Brown scored a game-high 26 points and was one of four
Lady Toppers in double figures as WKU cruised past Mississippi Valley State, 87-48,
on Tuesday evening inside E.A. Diddle Arena.
The 26-point outburst was Brown’s seventh 20-point outing of the season, and she was
joined in double figures by Ivy Brown (15), Raneem Elgedawy (12) and Sidnee Bopp
(12). Bopp was strong from beyond the arc on Tuesday, knocking down four of her five
chances from three-point range, and helped the Lady Toppers (6-3) to a 9-of-20 (45.0
percent) mark on three-pointers as a team.
Ivy Brown also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to tally her fourth double-double
of the season as the Lady Toppers held a 39-27 advantage in rebounding. WKU
continued its strong work on the offensive boards thus far this season, securing 16
during the game and turning those into 17 second-chance points.
LaKendra Bassett led Mississippi Valley State (0-7) with 17 points, and Sydney Floyd
chipped in 10 more for the Devilettes, who were held to just 17-of-48 shooting (35.4
percent) on the night.
WKU opened the evening by scoring nine of the game’s first 12 points to race out to
an early lead over the Devilettes. Tashia Brown notched the first four points for
the Lady Toppers, and Bopp punctuated the run with her first three-pointer of the
night at the 5:59 mark to give WKU a 9-3 advantage.
Chyna Sawyers’ triple trimmed WKU’s lead back to just three points, but the Lady
Toppers fired back with eight unanswered points to take their first double-digit
lead of the night. Dee Givens and Bopp keyed the stretch with a pair of
three-pointers, and Bopp’s with 3:51 on the clock pushed the WKU lead to 17-6.
Ivy Brown pushed WKU’s lead back to double digits with a three-pointer just 15
seconds into the second quarter, part of a 9-0 run to begin the frame by the Lady
Toppers. Twice the Devilettes were able to cut WKU’s advantage to 15 points over the
final seven minutes of the quarter, including with 3:29 to play, but WKU responded
by tallying 10 of the final 14 points of the half, including a pair of triples from
Bopp and Terri Smith, to carry a 41-20 lead into the halftime break.
Trailing by 20 points early in the third quarter, Mississippi Valley State cut back
into WKU’s lead with a three-pointer from Floyd and a fast-break layup off the hands
of Bassett, leaving the Lady Toppers with a 45-30 advantage midway through the
That would be the closest that the Devilettes would come, however, as WKU used
another big 10-0 run to rebuild its 20-point edge. Whitney Creech and Ivy Brown
combined to score eight of the points during the stretch for the Lady Toppers, who
came away with their largest lead of the night (55-30) to that point following
Elgedawy’s jumper with 2:30 on the clock.
In the fourth quarter, WKU did not allow Mississippi Valley State any closer than 26
points and led by as many as 40 before reaching the final 87-48 scoreline.
WKU will return to action at the 2017 West Palm Beach Invitational on Saturday and
Sunday. The Lady Toppers are set to take on two strong non-conference foes in
Stetson (Saturday at 11 a.m. CT) and Toledo (Sunday at 10 a.m. CT) during the event
as they seek to claim their second in-season tournament title of the season after
winning the Georgia State Thanksgiving Classic last month.
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