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No. 25 WKU Wins 11th Straight With 76-60 Road Win at Old Dominion

Posted on 10 January 2015 by Allen

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No. 25 WKU won its 11th consecutive game and started conference play with three consecutive road wins after posting a 76-60 win over Old Dominion in a renewal of one of the great rivalries in women’s college basketball history.

The Lady Toppers got 48 points from the senior trio of Chastity Gooch (20 points), Alexis Govan (17 points) and Ileana Johnson (11 points, a career high) as the Lady Toppers concluded a four-game road swing with an unblemished record.

WKU (14-2, 3-0) has won 11 straight games, the longest streak for WKU since a 12-game streak during the 2007-08 season. The 11-game streak is the longest of the Michelle Clark-Heard era, besting the 10-game streak that WKU entered the NCAA Tournament on last season. WKU is now 14-2 or better through 16 games for the fifth time in program history and for the first time since 1994-95 when the Lady Toppers were 15-1. WKU’s 3-0 start to league play is the 14th since the start of the 1984-85 season, but just the fifth in the last 17 seasons.

The Lady Toppers have also won their last six games on the road, six road conference games and last 13 games against conference competition.

Old Dominion (8-6, 1-2) never led, but cut a double-digit WKU lead to three on two occasions early in the second half at 35-32 and 39-36. After Old Dominion cut the Lady Topper lead to six at 53-47 in the second half, the Lady Toppers reeled off eight straight points as Tashia Brown and Kendall Noble hit baskets followed by a pair of baskets by Gooch. Gooch’s basket to cap the run came after a steal and run out by Gooch.

The Lady Monarchs never got closer than 10 the rest of the game as WKU reeled off its ninth straight double-digit win.

WKU built an early lead thanks to the three-point shot. WKU hit 7-of-11 three-point shots to open the game, including a 4-of-4 stretch by junior Micah Jones. The Lady Toppers finished the game 8-of-18 from the three-point line and were 42.2 percent from the field for the game.

The Lady Toppers were also aided by their protection of the ball, committing just six turnovers in the game.

Now in a two-game conference weekend routine, the Lady Toppers return home for a pair of games.

WKU faces Florida Atlantic on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. CT as part of the Lady Toppers’ annual Spread the Red Education Game. Area school children will be in attendance for the game as part of the culmination of a month-long program between WKU Athletics and local schools, creating a synergy between education and athletics. Teachers will utilize historical statistics and biographical information on the student-athletes and teams as a learning mechanism by incorporating them into history, reading, math and geography lessons. Students will also learn and see firsthand the value of receiving an education and the importance of teamwork in achieving goals. While at the game, students will also have the chance to see the recently completed Hall of History, located on the second level of E.A. Diddle Arena, to learn more about the history of WKU Athletics and its impact on the university and community.

Fans can purchase tickets for the matinee matchup with Florida Atlantic for just $1 as WKU encourages fans to pack the house. Fans can also take advantage of the Hilltopper Express Deal from Centerplate where fans can purchase bottomless popcorn for just $6.

WKU then hosts FIU on Saturday, Jan. 17 for Alumni Day at E.A. Diddle Arena. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m. CT. Former members of the Lady Topper Basketball program will be introduced at halftime as they return to campus to see the current edition of the Lady Toppers in action. Lady Topper Basketball alumni, including all former players, students managers and coaches, who have not already registered for the event can contact the WKU Women’s Basketball office at 270-745-2133 or at peggy.fishback@wku.edu for more details or to RSVP at any time. Following the game, there will also be an exclusive reception for Lady Topper Basketball alumni.

Fans are also taking advantage of the U-Win ticket program from the month of December. Fans who purchased a ticket for a game during the month of December continue to be rewarded with a free ticket for ensuing games as long as the Lady Toppers continue to win at home. Fans can contact the WKU Ticket Office for more details.

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