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#24 WKU Posts Another Road Win, Beats UTEP 80-74 to Win 14th Straight

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Allen


#24 WKU racked up their eighth road win of the season by posting an 80-74 win over UTEP on Thursday night at the Don Haskins Center to secure the 14th consecutive win for the Lady Toppers.

WKU (17-2, 6-0) forced UTEP into a season high 24 turnovers and converted on 30-of-36 attempts at the free throw line to secure the win, their 14th consecutive.

Junior Micah Jones had a career high 22 points, converting on 10-of-12 free throws and hitting two key three-point field goals in the second half. She was one of four Lady Toppers to finish with double figures. Freshman Tashia Brown had 17 points, one off her career high, in one of the best efforts of her career while senior Chastity Gooch had 19 points and eight steals and senior Alexis Govan finished with 10 points.

Gooch’s eight steals were one off the WKU record of nine and were the third performance this season by a WKU player of seven or more steals in a game.

The teams played a tight first half with five times and eight lead changes as neither team found consistent success on the offensive end. The Lady Toppers shot just 30.6 percent for the half, including missing seven straight near the end of the first half before Kendall Noble’s putback at the buzzer gave WKU a 32-30 lead at the break. The Miners hit 6-of-15 from behind the three-point arc in the opening half.

The Lady Toppers forced the Miners into 17 first half turnovers, but got just eight points off the 17 miscues. The Miners’ season high for turnovers in a game was 20 entering the game with the Lady Toppers.

After scoring the final four points of the first half, WKU extended the run to 9-0 as the second half opened to take a 37-30 advantage. The Lady Toppers would see their lead cut to one at 48-47 before scoring five straight, including two key baskets from Gooch. WKU used that run to jumpstart a span of the game that eventually saw the Lady Toppers build their lead to nine points.

The Miners continued to make it tough in the second half with timely three-point field goals, but WKU converted on all 10 of their free throw attempts in the final minute to secure the win to remain unbeaten in practice.

WKU shot just 38.3 percent from the field for the game, converting on 23-of-60 shots.

UTEP (8-7, 3-3) gave the Lady Toppers a fight by utilizing the long ball, converting on 11-of-24 three-point shots in the game, making just one more field goal from outside the three-point arc than inside it.

Following this week’s two-game road swing in the Lone Star State, WKU returns home for a pair of games with Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss. WKU faces the Lady Techsters for the first time in four years on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports through the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network. WKU then hosts Southern Miss on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:00 p.m. CT.

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