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Lady Toppers win Tenth Straight

Posted on 09 January 2015 by Allen


No. 25 WKU rode a strong second half on the defensive end and the duo of seniors Alexis Govan and Chastity Gooch to a 76-61 road win at Charlotte to record their 10th straight win overall and 12th consecutive victory against a conference foe on Thursday night at the Halton Arena.

VIDEO: Michelle Clark-Heard Press Conference
VIDEO: Alexis Govan Press Conference
Box score and postgame notes are attached

Govan scored 16 of her game high 24 points in the second half and added nine rebounds, hitting 4-of-4 shots from behind the arc, to lead the Lady Toppers. Gooch had 21 points and 11 rebounds to post her second consecutive double-double in the victory.

After Charlotte tied the game at 46-46 on a three by Hillary Sigmon with 16:05 left, Govan answered with five straight points. Following another three from the 49ers, the WKU defense took over by holding the 49ers without a point for the next 7:16. WKU went on an 11-0 run during the stretch thanks to a three-point play by Kendall Noble, a three by Micah Jones, a basket by Bria Gaines and capped by a three from Gooch.

WKU (13-2, 2-0) held Charlotte to just 21.6 percent shooting from the field in the second half. The 49ers best offense of the day came from the free throw line as the team combined to hit 17-of-19 in the game, including 11-of-12 in the opening half.

WKU’s offense was keyed by a barrage of threes as the Lady Toppers converted on 10-of-17 attempts in the game. In addition to Govan’s 4-of-4 effort, freshman Ivy Brown made a strong contribution with a career best three made three-point field goals, all coming in the final six minutes of the opening half.

The Lady Toppers were playing their first game as a ranked opponent since the 1997-98 season as earlier this week WKU entered the Associated Press Top 25 rankings for the first time in 17 years.

Charlotte (4-10, 0-2) had two in double figures led by Kira Gordon’s 13 and Kenya Olley’s 10 points.

The Lady Toppers return to the court on Saturday in Norfolk, Va., to face Old Dominion for the first time since March 1, 1991. The teams have a storied history and will meet for the 16th time in program history. The Lady Monarchs lead the all-time series 8-7 with neither team winning more than two straight in the last 10 meetings. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m. CT from the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Following WKU’s game at ODU, the Lady Toppers return home for a two-game set at home in E.A. Diddle Arena.

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