Brandon Doughty Named To 2015 Maxwell Award Watch List

Brandon Doughty Named To 2015 Maxwell Award Watch List

Posted on 09 July 2015 by Allen

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WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty has been named to the 2015 Maxwell Award Watch List, an award given to America’s College Player of the Year, the Maxwell Football Club announced Tuesday morning.

Doughty, the reigning Conference USA MVP who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in December, becomes the third WKU player to land on the Maxwell Award Watch List in the past five seasons. Former All-Americans and current NFL running backs Antonio Andrews (2013) and Bobby Rainey (2011) both garnered the recognition entering their final seasons at WKU.

He is one of 80 FBS players recognized on the Maxwell Award Watch List and one of only 16 players from a Group of Five program on the preseason list. Doughty is one of 31 quarterbacks recognized and joins running backs Kenneth Dixon (LA Tech), Devon Johnson (Marshall) and Aaron Jones (UTEP) as Conference USA representatives.

Doughty led the nation with 4,830 passing yards and 49 touchdowns in 2014 while leading the Hilltoppers to an 8-5 record and their first FBS bowl win in program history. His 49 scoring tosses established a C-USA single-season record and ranked sixth all-time in FBS history. Doughty enters 2015 as the nation’s active career leader in passing yards (7,800) and touchdown passes (63).

He was the driving force behind a season-ending five-game winning streak, which was highlighted by a Popeyes Bahamas Bowl victory over Central Michigan and a road triumph at previously undefeated No. 19 Marshall. Doughty set an FBS record for touchdown passes in a road game with eight against the Thundering Herd and followed up that performance with 486 yards and five touchdowns in the bowl win.

Behind Doughty’s arm, WKU ranked No. 2 nationally in passing offense and No. 4 in total offense in 2014. The Hilltoppers are primed for another explosive season with Doughty under center and four of his top five receivers returning from an offense that broke 49 school records last fall.

Doughty is the second WKU player to be honored on a preseason watch list in 2015, joining redshirt junior center Max Halpin, who was named to the Rimington Award Spring Watch List in May.

Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced November 2, 2015, while the three finalists for the award will be unveiled November 23, 2015. The winners of the 2015 Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 10, 2015. The formal presentations of this award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala hosted by Tropicana Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on March 11, 2016.

Season Tickets Now Available: Season tickets begin at just $75 per person and are now on sale through the WKU Ticket Office. New for 2015 is the “Big Red Family Plan” – a four-pack of reserved seats for just $150, or just $37.50 per person for the entire season, less than $8 per game for reserved seating inside Houchens-Smith Stadium. Call 1-800-5-BIG-RED or visit WKUSports.com to lock in tickets today.

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Katherine Graham Joins Lady Topper Basketball Coaching Staff

Katherine Graham Joins Lady Topper Basketball Coaching Staff

Posted on 22 June 2015 by Allen

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Katherine Graham has been named an assistant coach for the WKU Lady Topper Basketball program, it was announced by head coach Michelle Clark-Heard on Monday. The former LSU player and Georgia graduate assistant spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Lipscomb.

“We are excited to welcome Katherine Graham to WKU as an assistant coach,” said Clark-Heard. “I was really impressed with Katherine’s knowledge of the game and work ethic as I got to know her. She has competed at a high level throughout her career as a player, reaching a Final Four in 2008, and has had exposure to great success during her young coaching career that will be a great help to continuing to grow our program. She has been around two of the all-time greats in coaching during her career in Van Chancellor and Andy Landers so I am excited about what she brings to our team. She is one of the premier, up and coming assistants in the country and we are lucky to have her.”

Graham was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at LSU under Hall of Fame Coach Van Chancellor and reached the Final Four in 2008. During her LSU career, she played alongside elite WNBA players – including Sylvia Fowles, the second pick in the 2008 draft – and reached three NCAA Tournaments. She is one of only two players in LSU history to record a triple-double and the only player to do so in SEC play as Graham achieved the feat on Feb. 7, 2010, against Ole Miss.

During her career, LSU compiled a 90-40 records – winning at least 19 games each season she wore the purple and yellow in Baton Rouge, La. She was the 25th player in program history to finish with 500 career rebounds (513) while also finishing her career with 295 assists and 713 points. Graham was named to the SEC Coaches All-Defensive Team her senior season. Graham proved to be an asset on the offensive side as well, finishing with a team high 102 assists on the year. She was also selected to the SEC Community Service Team.

Following her collegiate playing career, she spent one season playing professional basketball in Iceland before heading to Georgia where she spent two seasons as a graduate assistant to Hall of Fame coach Andy Landers. The Bulldogs went 48-19 in two years with Graham on the bench.

In 2012-13, the Bulldogs were ranked as high as sixth in the nation and eventually reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, beating top-seeded Stanford during their impressive tournament run. Georgia finished the season ranked 10th in the Coaches Poll and 14th in the Associated Press rankings. She helped coach three WNBA Draft Picks during her time as a graduate assistant at Georgia, including Jasmine Hassell (2013, 2nd round pick of the Indiana Fever), Jasmine James (2013, 3rd round pick of the Seattle Storm) and Anne Marie Armstrong (2013, 3rd round pick of the Atlanta Dream).

The Birmingham, Ala., native played her prep ball at Ramsay High, averaging 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for coach Rob Mosely. She led her high school to a 126-13 record and four-straight Class 5A state titles over her last four years before earning 2006-07 Miss Basketball and the 5A Player of the Year honors.

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Shumate Named Hilltopper Assistant Basketball Coach

Shumate Named Hilltopper Assistant Basketball Coach

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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Native Kentuckian Chris Shumate returns to the Bluegrass State as an assistant men’s basketball coach at WKU, Hilltopper head coach Ray Harper announced Monday.

The Louisville, Ky., native spent last season at Tennessee and the season before at Conference USA rival Southern Miss. He brings eight years of Division I experience to the position at WKU.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the WKU program and be a part of what Coach Harper and his staff are building here in Bowling Green,” Shumate said. “Being from Kentucky, I have followed Coach’s career very closely, and everything he values and teaches is important to me as well. The name ‘WKU Hilltoppers’ carries a lot of weight in college basketball, and I cannot wait to add to the storied history of this program. My family and I are looking forward to being a part of the great community in Bowling Green and meeting the people who make Hilltopper Nation something special.”

“I am thrilled to be able to add someone of Chris’ caliber to our staff,” Harper said. “He’s a hard worker and a good family man, and he will add a lot to our program in many ways. I thought it was important to hire someone who knows Kentucky and Tennessee, and I could not have found someone better than Chris.”

Last season with the Volunteers, Shumate helped mold an undersized frontcourt — which featured three true freshmen and no players exceeding 215 pounds — into a unit that boasted a positive rebounding margin, ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding defense and fourth in offensive rebounding.

Junior forwards Armani Moore and Derek Reese both more than doubled their scoring output from the season before Shumate’s arrival. They were the team’s top-two rebounders, and Moore — standing just 6-5 — ranked among the top 10 in the SEC in total rebounding (8th), offensive rebounding (5th) and blocked shots (9th).

During the 2013-14 campaign at Southern Miss, Shumate helped usher the Golden Eagles to a school-record 29 wins (29-7, 13-3 C-USA), a share of the C-USA championship, a perfect 15-0 home record and a year-end RPI of 29.

Shumate transitioned to Southern Miss after having spent six years on staff at Cincinnati. He served two seasons as the director of basketball operations before becoming the director of student-athlete development in the 2009-10 season. In that role, he coordinated many of the program’s daily operations, including academics and gameday preparation.

Prior to joining the Bearcats’ staff, Shumate played two years of professional basketball in the NBA D-League with the New Mexico and Arkansas organizations.

As a standout player for coach Mick Cronin at Murray State from 1999-04, Shumate was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and finished his career ranked 24th on the Racers’ all-time scoring list with 1,207 points.

He also ranked among the school’s all-time leaders in three-pointers (170, 8th), steals (125, T-10th), assists (252, 14th), blocks (37, 15th) and field goals made (459, T-20th).

As a senior and team captain in 2003-04, Shumate helped lead Murray State to a 28-6 overall record, an OVC Tournament championship and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth.

He averaged 10.3 points and shot 47.8 percent from the field during his career.

Shumate graduated from Murray State with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2004. He and his wife, Meredith, have three children – Addison, Chloe and Gates. Shumate’s father-in-law, Pat Gates, lettered in football at WKU from 1976-78, and his parents as well as his in-laws met while attending WKU.

Coaching Career

Cincinnati, director of basketball operations, 2008-09 (2 seasons)

Cincinnati, director of student-athlete development, 2010-13 (4 seasons)

Southern Miss, assistant coach, 2014 (1 season)

Tennessee, assistant coach, 2015 (1 season)

WKU, assistant coach, 2016-present (1st season)

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Hilltoppers Add Five for 2015-16

Hilltoppers Add Five for 2015-16

Posted on 08 June 2015 by Allen

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WKU Hilltopper Basketball head coach Ray Harper announced Monday the signings of Willie Carmichael (F, 6-8, University of Tennessee), Aaron Cosby (G, 6-3, University of Illinois), Kristaps Gluditis (G, 6-4, Riga, Latvia), Nathan Smith (C, 7-1, London, England) and Anton Waters (F, 6-6, Baltimore, Md.) to the program for 2015-16.

The group joins Fredrick Edmond (G, 6-3, Lansing, Mich.), Phabian Glasco (F, 6-7, Tulsa, Okla.), Marlon Hunter (G, 6-2, Memphis, Tenn.) and Chris McNeal (G, 5-11, Jackson, Tenn.) as newcomers for the Hilltoppers next season.

Cosby is eligible for one season at WKU as a graduate transfer, Gluditis and Smith will have four years of eligibility remaining and Waters will have two. Carmichael will sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer requirements and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016-17.

Willie Carmichael

Carmichael appeared in all 32 games for Tennessee in 2014-15 and made 19 starts, the most on the team among freshmen, and averaged 14.8 minutes per outing. He was the first Volunteer off the bench in seven games, and he averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting a team-best .519 from the field (40-for-77). He had nine points, six rebounds and two blocked shots against Kansas State on Dec. 6, and he led the squad in blocked shots in a game four times.

Carmichael played high school basketball at Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla., where he was named the 7A State Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel as a senior in 2013-14. That year, he helped the team to a 25-5 record, a second-place finish in District 4 and a trip to the regional semifinals in the class.

Harper on Carmichael

“Willie is an unbelievable athlete with a lot of potential. He is a quick leaper, and he has good instincts on the court. The year he has to sit out will be very beneficial for him, and he will get bigger and stronger and improve even more on his fundamentals.”

Aaron Cosby

Cosby transferred to WKU from the University of Illinois, where he played 19 games and made 13 starts before an injury ended his season. He played 25.3 minutes per game for the Fighting Illini in 2014-15, averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while hitting 32 three-pointers.

Cosby sat out the 2013-14 season after transferring from Seton Hall University, where he played in 65 career games and made 58 starts over two seasons. He averaged 10.1 points per game for his career at Seton Hall and shot 38.8 percent from three-point range.

Prior to prep school, the Louisville, Ky., native played two years at Jeffersontown High School after beginning his high school career at DuPont Manual. In high school, Cosby won the three-point shooting contest as part of the Derby Festival Basketball Classic. He averaged 21.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his final prep season at Northfield Mount Hermon Prep in Massachusetts, where he was named the team Most Valuable Player and helped the squad to a 21-9 record.

Harper on Cosby

“Aaron is a guy who can step right in and make a huge impact. He’s a shot maker, but he also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and is good in ball-screen action. He’s a great defender, and he loves being in the gym. His experience will help our younger guys tremendously.”

Kristaps Gluditis

Gluditis, who hails from the same hometown as Hilltopper senior Aleksej Rostov, spent the last two seasons at GBA Academy in the Czech Republic and has played on the Latvian National Team for the last four years in the U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-19 FIBA World Championships. Latvia finished fourth in the U-18 championships.

He averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during his junior season at GBA Academy, and he helped the team to the league final four and was named to the all-league team.

As a senior at GBA Academy, Gluditis averaged 20.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

Harper on Gluditis

“Kristaps is a tremendous shooter, and he will give us a punch from the perimeter that we need. He has international experience, which always helps with development by simply allowing more time on the court. He will fit in well with what we are trying to do.”

Nathan Smith

Smith played last season at Barking Abbey Basketball Academy in London, part of the Elite Academy Basketball League, where he averaged nine points, nine rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Smith had 14 points in a win that sent Barking Abbey to the Elite Eight of the EABL Tournament.

Harper on Smith

“Nathan has a ton of upside, much like Ben Lawson, but Nathan is even a little bigger. He has the height and solid frame, and he is not afraid to be physical in the paint. He’s a true center, and he will provide a presence that other teams will have to account for.”
Anton Waters

Waters is originally from Baltimore and played the last two seasons at Gulf Coast State (Fla.) College. Last season as a sophomore, Waters averaged 11.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, including nearly four per contest on the offensive glass, to help Gulf Coast State to a 19-10 record.

Waters shot 50.6 percent from the floor and 70.2 percent from the charity stripe.

As a freshman in 2013-14, he averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Harper on Waters

“Anton is a tremendous athlete. He can chase down balls and rebound on both ends, and he brings a toughness that I love from kids. He’s going to quickly gain a lot of fans at E.A. Diddle Arena with his intensity on the court.”

Hilltopper Basketball on the Map: With a third-straight 20-win season in 2014-15, WKU and head coach Ray Harper entered into exclusive company.

- WKU and LA Tech are the only schools in Conference USA to win 20 or more games in each of the last three seasons

- The Hilltoppers are one of just 46 schools in the nation to currently have a streak of three-straight 20-win seasons
- Ray Harper joins 21 other head coaches since 2000-01 to record three 20-win campaigns in his first three full seasons as a Division I head coach

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Hilltoppers to Play in 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase This November

Hilltoppers to Play in 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase This November

Posted on 21 April 2015 by Allen

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WKU will be part of the eight-team 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase, played Nov. 23-25 at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla.

WKU will be joined by Murray State, Central Michigan, Drake, Duquesne, Milwaukee, Pepperdine and Weber State in the field. Each team will play three games in the tournament. Green Bay won the showcase last year, and fellow Conference USA school LA Tech was the inaugural tournament champion in 2013.

Tickets for the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase go on-sale on May 15 at 9:00 AM (CT) at GermainArena.com or through Ticketmaster. All-session tickets will be available on that date for $89 or $139. Single-session tickets will go on-sale this summer after matchups and game times are announced.

WKU played in the NIT Season Tip-Off last season for its exempt tournament and has played in the Cancun Challenge, Charleston Classic and Puerto Rico Tip-Off in recent years.

WKU went 20-12 in 2014-15 and finished 12-6 in C-USA action in its debut season in the league. The Hilltoppers have secured three-straight 20-win seasons, joining LA Tech as the only C-USA schools to accomplish the feat.

Matchups for the Gulf Coast Showcase and more information on the rest of WKU’s 2015-16 schedule will be available in the coming months.

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Gooch Named Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention Selection

Gooch Named Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention Selection

Posted on 31 March 2015 by Allen

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WKU senior Chastity Gooch has been named an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention selection, the outlet announced today. It is Gooch’s second All-America honor of her career and first this season. She was named a WBCA Coaches’ All-American Honorable Mention selection in 2013-14.

Gooch is WKU’s fourth player in program history to earn Associated Press All-America honors a total of five times, joining Gwen Doyle (1994-95 Honorable Mention selection), Leslie Johnson (1997-98 Honorable Mention selection) and Crystal Kelly (2006-07 Honorable Mention selection and 2007-08 Honorable Mention selection) as the only individuals to earn AP distinctions in the past. The Associated Press first began selection of All-American teams in 1994-95.

Gooch is one of 14 different players to earn 28 different All-American honors during their WKU careers.

Gooch finished her career among the top performers and most accomplished players in program history. The 2014-15 Conference USA Player of the Year averaged 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Lady Toppers this season. She completed her outstanding WKU career with two NCAA Tournament appearances, finishing fourth in career scoring, third in career rebounding, fourth in career blocks and fourth in career steals in the WKU record books. She completed her career with 1,925 points in 131 career games.

Conference USA has now had six players earn AP All-American Honorable Mention honors over the last two seasons.

Gooch is still eligible for the 2014-15 WBCA Coaches’ All-American Team after being named an All-Region selection by the WBCA last week.

2014-15 Associated Press All-American Teams

First Team

Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, 5-foot-10, junior, Lincolnwood, Ill., 18.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 52.8 fg pct, 82.3 ft pct. (35 first-team votes, 175 total points).

Breanna Stewart, UConn, 6-5, junior, Syracuse, N.Y. 17.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.6 blocks (35, 175).

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina, 5-9, junior, Charlotte, N.C., 14.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 49.9 fg pct. (27, 159).

Nina Davis, Baylor, 5-11, sophomore, Memphis, Tenn., 20.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 58.5 fg pct. (21, 136).

Amanda Zahui B., Minnesota, 6-5, sophomore, Stockholm, 18.8 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 4.1 blocks, 55.5 fg pct. (20, 129).

Second Team

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn, 5-11, senior, Anaheim Hills, Calif., 14.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 49.1 3pt pct, 52.8 fg pct (7, 104).

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State, 5-8, freshman, Cincinnati, 24.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 83.5 ft pct. (6, 97).

Elizabeth Williams, Duke, 6-3, senior, Virginia Beach, Va., 14.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.9 blocks (6, 91)

Moriah Jefferson, UConn, 5-7, junior, Glenn Heights, Texas., 12.4 ppg, 4.9 apg, 2.6 spg, 59.6 fg pct (6, 87).

Brittany Boyd, California, 5-9, senior, Berkeley, Calif., 13.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 6.8 apg, 3.0 spg (3, 48).

Third Team

Lexie Brown, Maryland, 5-9, sophomore, Suwanee, Ga., 13.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.6 apg, 82.7 ft pct. (1, 42).

Samantha Logic, Iowa, 5-9, senior, Racine, Wis., 13.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 8.1 apg (38).

Jillian Alleyne, Oregon, 6-3, junior, Fontana, Calif., 18.4 ppg, 15.2 rpg, 57.6 fg pct. (2, 32).

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina, 6-5, freshman, Hopkins, S.C., 13.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 blocks, 53.2 fg pct (28).

Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State, 6-6, junior, Houston, British Columbia, 12.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.8 blocks, 58.0 fg pct. (1, 24).

Reshanda Gray, California, 6-3, senior, Los Angeles, 17.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 56.5 fg pct. (24).

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

Lindsay Allen, Notre Dame; Morgan Bailey, BYU; Adut Bulgak Florida State; Cierra Burdick, Tennessee; Blake Dietrick, Princeton; Lexi Eaton, BYU; Makayla Epps, Kentucky; Tia Faleru, Mississippi; Chelsea Gardner, Kansas; Chastity Gooch, WKU; Dearica Hamby, Wake Forest; Alex Harden, Wichita State; Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee; Brittany Hrynko (1 first-team vote), DePaul; Niya Johnson (1), Baylor; Ashia Jones, UT-Martin; Jonquel Jones (1), George Washington; Jordan Jones, Texas A&M; Betnijah Laney, Rutgers; Vicky McIntyre, Oral Roberts; Mariya Moore, Louisville; Amber Orrange (1), Stanford; Kelsey Plum (1), Washington; Aerial Powers, Michigan State; Shereesa Richards, Albany; Porsha Roberts, Stephen F. Austin; Stacia Robertson, High Point; Leticia Romero, Florida State; Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall; Morgan Tuck, UConn; Brianna Turner, Notre Dame; Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State; Courtney Walker, Texas A&M; Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland; Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina; Courtney Williams, South Florida.

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WKU Falls 66-64 to Texas in NCAA Tournament

WKU Falls 66-64 to Texas in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 21 March 2015 by Allen

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WKU set a school NCAA Tournament record with 12 three-point field goals but came up just short in a 66-64 loss to fifth-seeded Texas in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at the Haas Pavilion on the campus of the University of California.

The loss ended a historic season for the Lady Toppers that saw the team become the first team in Conference USA history to win 30 games as a league member as WKU went 30-5 on the year, claiming the Conference USA Regular Season and Conference USA Tournament championships. It was the second time in program history that WKU won 30 games, only surpassed by a 32 win season when WKU reached the Final Four in 1986.

The senior duo of Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan combined for 45 points in their final games in a WKU uniform while Micah Jones added nine points. Kendall Noble added five points and 10 rebounds.

Going up against Texas’ height, WKU went to the perimeter, knocking down four three-pointers in the first half. Gooch was 50 percent from behind the arc, posting three toward her 11 first-half points. The turnover game was key in the game with WKU forcing 19 in the contest, including 13 in the first half.

With Texas ahead 10-9 at the 16-minute mark, both team’s offenses struggled to score, as the game went more than five minutes without a basket. Noble put in a layup to end the drought and give WKU its first lead of the game at 11-10. The Longhorns would go back up by four, but a layup by Johnson after a Texas turnover followed by back-to-back buckets from Govan had WKU ahead 21-18 with 3:35 to go. A Texas three knotted it up before the Longhorns regained the advantage; however, WKU went into the locker room with a tied game after a Govan layup and a pair of Gooch free throws.

WKU came out of the gates in the second half making their first four shots that included three-point shots from Jones and Gooch. With Texas going 3-of-12 from the field to open its half, the Lady Toppers held the lead for most of the half, leading by as much as seven after a Noble free throw with 7:28 to play.

Cal then went on a 12-3 run to pull ahead 57-55 with 4:11 left. Govan answered with a three to go up 58-57 before a free throw and basket gave the Longhorns another lead at 60-58. Govan tied the game at 60-60 on a pair of free throws before Texas scored with 2:21 and 1:39 left to go up 64-60.

Ivy Brown’s three with 39.5 left put WKU within one at 64-63 before Govan tied it at 64-64 on a free throw with 25.6 left.

Brooke McCarty’s free throws with 20.8 left were the decision as Govan’s three in the final seconds didn’t fall.

Texas post Imani McGee-Stafford had 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead Texas.

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Lady Toppers Earns Top Seed in C-USA Championships, Set to Face Charlotte or Marshall in Quarterfinals

Lady Toppers Earns Top Seed in C-USA Championships, Set to Face Charlotte or Marshall in Quarterfinals

Posted on 09 March 2015 by Allen

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WKU will open play in the 2015 Conference USA Championships on Thursday, March 12 in the quarterfinals of the tournament at the Bartow Arena on the campus of UAB at 5:00 p.m. CT, it was announced Saturday night by the league offices. WKU’s opening round matchup will be against No. 8 Charlotte or No. 9 Marshall. Those teams face off on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. CT in Bartow Arena.

First round and quarterfinal games in the Conference USA Championships will be televised by the American Sports Network with Leah Secondo and Nate Ross before CBS Sports Network takes over for the semifinals and finals with Ed Cohen and Julianne Viani on the call. All Lady Topper games will also be available on the radio and at wkusports.tv with Barry Williams on the call.

WKU is 3-0 all-time in conference tournament games against Charlotte but have never faced off against Marshall in the postseason in the program’s history.

The Lady Toppers are the top seed in the 2015 tournament after winning the 2015 Conference USA Regular Season Championship. WKU is attempting to win back-to-back conference tournament titles for the first time since winning three straight tournament titles in 1991 through 1993. The Lady Toppers won last year’s Sun Belt Conference Championships with a 61-60 win over Arkansas State after erasing a 14-point second half deficit to get the win and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in program history.

The Lady Toppers (27-4, 16-2) enter the Conference USA Championships having won nine straight games, 24 of 26, 37 of 42 and are 51-13 over the last two seasons.

WKU completed its first regular season as a member of Conference USA by finishing with a 16-2 record and claiming the Conference USA regular season title. WKU’s 16 league wins tied the school record set in 2007-08 and tied the Conference USA mark set by UTEP in 2007-08 and Houston in 2010-11. The Lady Toppers’ 27 regular season wins tied the school record set during the 1985-86 season when WKU won 27 games before making their second consecutive run to the Final Four. The 27 wins are also tied for the fifth most in WKU history and the sixth most in Conference USA in a single season. WKU is 27-4 or better through 31 games for just the fourth time in program history.

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Chastity Gooch Added to Prestigious Wade Trophy Watch List

Chastity Gooch Added to Prestigious Wade Trophy Watch List

Posted on 25 February 2015 by Allen

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WKU senior All-American candidate Chastity Gooch has been added to the 2014-15 “Wade Watch” list by the Wade Trophy Committee, it was announced on Tuesday morning by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, on behalf of the Wade Trophy Coalition.

The Wade Trophy Coalition presents The Wade Trophy to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA® Division I women’s basketball player each year – one who not only excels athletically, but also serves as a positive role model both on and off the court. The acclaimed Wade Watch list, from which The Wade Trophy recipient is chosen, consists of players selected on the basis of game and season statistics, leadership, character, overall playing ability and the positive impact on her respective team.

Gooch is one of five players added to the original list of 25 players that make up an elite and exclusive club of the nation’s elite players. Gooch was added to the list alongside Ameryst Alston of Ohio State, Niya Johnson of Baylor, Courtney Williams of South Florida and Amanda Zahui B. of Minnesota.

Gooch is the first WKU player to be named to the Wade Trophy Watch List since Crystal Kelly earned the honor in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Gooch is averaging 16.9 points per game in 2014-15 while pulling down 7.2 rebounds per contest. She has also blocked 34 shots and grabbed 58 steals. She is currently shooting nearly 50.0 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from behind the three-point arc, making her one of the more versatile posts in the nation. She also knocks down 77.1 percent of her free throw attempts. Gooch currently ranks among the top 10 in career scoring, rebounds, blocks and steals at WKU.

The Lady Toppers are enjoying one of the best seasons in the storied history of women’s basketball at WKU. At 23-4, WKU is in first place in the Conference USA standings entering the final two weeks of the season with a 12-2 mark in league play. Earlier this season, WKU reached the championship game of the 2014 Preseason Women’s NIT with a win at Colorado and at home against American East favorite Albany. WKU also beat Ole Miss by 29 points on Dec. 4, 2014 in a 98-69 decision. Since then, the Rebels have posted SEC wins over Kentucky, Georgia and Arkansas. WKU also owns wins over OVC favorite Belmont, MAC West leader Ball State and Tulane – one of the top teams in the AAC. WKU also has 10 road wins in 2014-15 as they became the third quickest team in the nation to reach the 10-road win mark in the nation.

The Wade Watch list will be trimmed to 12 finalists in mid-March. The Wade Trophy Coalition will officially announce The Wade Trophy winner during the WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Tampa Bay.

The Wade Trophy, named after the late, legendary head coach Lilly Margaret Wade, a three-time national champion at Delta State University, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women’s national player of the year award in college basketball. The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June 2000 when the WBCA partnered with the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), an association of SHAPE America – the Society of Health and Physical Educators. For the past 12 years the two have worked together to present The Wade Trophy player of the year award. A committee composed of coaches, administrators and media from across the U.S. selects the winner.

The Lady Toppers return to action on Thursday, Feb. 26 when it takes on the Owls of Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. CT on Thursday evening with the game available on the C-USA Digital Network.

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Lady Toppers Beat Middle Tennessee 63-60 to Move to First in Conference USA Race

Lady Toppers Beat Middle Tennessee 63-60 to Move to First in Conference USA Race

Posted on 22 February 2015 by Allen

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WKU erased a nine point deficit in the first half and got its final eight points from the senior duo of Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan to beat Middle Tennessee 63-60 on Saturday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU is now sole possession of first place in Conference USA and control their own destiny to claim the Conference USA regular season championship and the top seed in the upcoming Conference USA Championships in Birmingham by winning their final four games. WKU travels to Florida Atlantic and FIU next week before hosting Charlotte and Old Dominion in the final week of play. WKU is in its inaugural season in the league after winning 10 conference tournament and 10 conference regular season titles as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Senior Chastity Gooch had a game high 17 points and added six rebounds while senior Alexis Govan had 12 points and 12 rebounds. It was a true team effort for the Lady Toppers with all five starters at least seven points, including Jalynn McClain with eight points in her first start of the season. Micah Jones added eight points and Kendall Noble had seven. Freshman Ivy Brown added four points and seven rebounds off the bench.

The Lady Toppers were strong on the inside, owning a 42-38 advantage on the boards and pulling down 21 offensive rebounds – resulting in 17 seconds chance points. Gooch’s efforts on Middle Tennessee post Cheyenne Parker forced Blue Raider head coach Rick Insell to limit her time on the floor in the final four minutes. With WKU leading 59-57, Parker exited the game with 4:30 left and only two fouls and didn’t return until the final 22 seconds of the game as Gooch’s versatility on the perimeter gave the post problems throughout the game.

WKU posted its first win over the Blue Raiders since March 11, 2008 when WKU beat Middle Tennessee 65-49 in the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference Championships, ending a 12-game winning streak for the Blue Raiders that allowed them to overtake WKU’s 23-20 lead in the modern series (dating to 1976-77).

Middle Tennessee jumped ahead by nine points in the first half – leading 17-8 early and maintaining an eight-point edge at 33-25 with 5:45 left in the opening half before the Lady Toppers took momentum with an 11-0 run that extended to 18-2 to end the half. Noble opened the run with a three point play, followed by a basket from Ivy Brown. Govan added a free throw before Jones hit a basket and Gooch nailed a three. Following a Blue Raider basket with 2:23 left, Jones, Govan and Tashia Brown contributed to a 7-0 run that put WKU up 43-35 at the break.

The Lady Toppers led at halftime thanks to smart play on the offensive end with just two turnovers and turning up its trademark defense. The Lady Toppers got 18 points off turnovers in the first half thanks to 12 Blue Raider miscues.

The WKU led got to 10 points early in the second half before the Blue Raiders gradually fought back. Middle Tennessee eventually tied the game at 53-53 with 8:52 left on a three-point play by Shanice Cason.

The Blue Raiders went ahead 55-53 when Ivy Brown got a basket and again at 57-55 before Govan tied it with 5:58 left. Gooch then scored to give WKU a 59-57 lead with 5:09 left before Middle Tennessee went up 60-59 with 2:09 left.

Govan’s putback with 1:33 left was the eventual difference in the game before Gooch added a pair of free throws with 22.1 left to secure the win. WKU played superb defense in the final 22 seconds to secure the win.

WKU is now 23-4 on the season and have posted 23 wins or more over the first 27 games of the season for the fifth time in program history and for the first time since 1994-95.

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WKU Wins 20th of Season, Erase 13-Point Second Half Deficit to Win 83-76 at Rice

WKU Wins 20th of Season, Erase 13-Point Second Half Deficit to Win 83-76 at Rice

Posted on 07 February 2015 by Allen

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WKU won its 20th game of the season and erased a 13-point second half deficit to win 83-76 on the road at the Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

WKU (20-4, 9-2) reached 20 wins today, Feb. 7, the second fastest it has reached the 20-win mark in terms of calendar date in program history, surpassed only by the 1985-86 team that won its 20th game on Feb. 4 and eventually reached the Final Four. The second quickest team to reach the 20-win mark was previously the 1990-91 squad that reached the mark on Feb. 11. It is just the fourth time WKU has reached the mark before Feb. 15.

The Lady Toppers had five players in double figures, led by the senior duo of Alexis Govan and Chastity Gooch each posting 19 points. Govan became the second Lady Topper to flirt with a triple-double this week, adding eight rebounds and seven steals to her stat line. Redshirt sophomore Kendall Noble added 11 points while senior Ileana Johnson and freshman Tashia Brown added 13 points each. Johnson’s 13 point effort tied her career high.

Rice jumped ahead by six in the opening minutes thanks to a 5-of-7 start from the field and eventually built that lead to 12 points at 33-21 thanks to a 9-0 run over a two-minute span in the second half of the opening stanza.

WKU responded with six straight points, including a pair of free throws by Johnson off a steal and a pair of baskets from Govan following a drawn charge by Gooch and a tied up ball near midcourt by Gooch. Rice then scored out of the media timeout before WKU scored the final 13 of the half to post a 19-2 run and take a 40-35 advantage into the locker room.

Johnson scored six of her 10 first half points during the 19-2 run while Gooch had 10 points before the break.

The Owls responded quickly in the second half, taking a 43-42 lead in less than four minutes. Rice built the lead up to 13, thanks in part to an early 10-0 and eventually 15-2 run.

After falling behind 13 at 59-46 with 11:05 left and again at 63-50 with 9:35 left, the Lady Toppers scored 11 straight. Govan hit a pair of free throws before a three-point play with 9:03 left. Junior guard Micah Jones added a free throw and a three-point basket before Noble added a basket to cap the run and pull within 63-61 with 7:25 left.

WKU tied the game at 71-71 with 3:03 left and went ahead 73-71 with 2:19 left on a Gooch basket. The Lady Toppers built a seven-point lead later before hitting 6-of-6 free throws in the final 53.5 to win the game.

One of the most notable advantages for the Lady Toppers on the day was on the boards as WKU held Rice to just five offensive rebounds after the Owls entered the game as the best offensive rebounding team in the league. WKU had a 39-38 advantage on the boards and allowing just eight second chance points on the day.

With its 20th win of the season, WKU has now won at least 20 games in three straight seasons on the heels of a 9-21 campaign prior to Michelle Clark-Heard’s arrival on the Hill as head coach. It is the 28th 20-win season in program history and WKU has won 20 or more games in 28 of the last 39 seasons. WKU is 20-4 or better through 24 games for the fifth time in program history and for the first time since 1994-95 when opening the year 21-3.

WKU is also 9-2 to begin league play, its best mark through 11 games since 2007-08 when WKU was 11-0 to begin league play. It is the 13th time since the start of the 1991-92 season that WKU has won at least nine of its first 11 conference games.

The win extended WKU’s success on the road. The Lady Toppers claimed their 10th road win of the season. WKU’s 10 road victories is now tied for the seventh most road wins in a single season in Conference USA history. The league mark is 15. The Lady Toppers have two road games remaining in the regular season, a Feb. 26 contest at Florida Atlantic and Feb. 28 game at FIU. A pair of wins on the Florida swing would tie WKU for the third best mark in league history at 12 wins. WKU has won at least 10 road games in two of the last three seasons. Prior to reaching the 10-win mark on the road in 2012-13, WKU’s most recent 10-win road campaign came in the 1990-91 season, the year after head coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s final year as a WKU player, a span of 21 seasons without reaching the mark. The school record for road wins is 12 in 1990-91 when WKU posted a 12-1 mark on the road. It is one of just two years in program history that WKU has won 11 road games or more, the other coming in 1975-76.

WKU returns to the floor next Saturday in E.A. Diddle Arena when it starts a three-game homestand.

The Lady Toppers will host Marshall on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 on Play4Kay Day in E.A. Diddle Arena at 1:00 p.m. CT. Individuals are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Foundation and breast cancer awareness. Donation buckets will be available at the door and WKU will host a silent auction to support the cause. Fans can also donate online at http://www.play4kay.org/wkuladytoppers. It is also Daddy/Daughter Date Night in E.A. Diddle Arena where all father/daughter couples can purchase one adult ticket and receive a youth admission for free. The Party 1 Kids Zone will also be available one hour prior to tipoff on the third level concourse with inflatables for kids. Fans can also purchase two tickets to the game for only $15 and receive a coupon for a free small pizza from Mr. B’s.

The first 100 women in the arena will receive a free pink rose.

WKU hosts UAB on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. CT and then welcomes rival Middle Tennessee to E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. CT for the only meeting between the teams this season.

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WKU Returns to Texas for Second Time in Three Weeks, Face North Texas Thursday

WKU Returns to Texas for Second Time in Three Weeks, Face North Texas Thursday

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Allen

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For the second time in three weeks, WKU travels west to the Lone Star State for a pair of games in Texas, starting with a showdown with North Texas on Thursday night in the Super Pit in Denton.

Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT on Thursday evening in Denton. Fans can subscribe to the C-USA Digital Network through Conference USA’s website, which provides access to live and on-demand video content from every Conference USA school, including WKU, to watch the game live. Audio will be live streamed on www.wkusports.tv with Barry Williams (play-by-play) on the call. The game can also be heard live on ESPN 102.7 FM and 1450 AM in the Bowling Green area and worldwide via the TuneIn app for select game.

WKU is now 18-4 through 22 games, marking the sixth time in program history that WKU has won at least 18 games through 22 games. The Lady Toppers are just two wins shy of recording its third consecutive 20 win season on the heels of a 9-21 campaign prior to Michelle Clark-Heard’s arrival on the Hill as head coach.

If WKU can claim two wins this week in Texas and reach the 20-win mark, it would be the second fastest WKU has reached the 20-win mark in terms of date in program history. The quickest came during the 1985-86 Final Four season in which the Lady Toppers won their 20th game on Feb. 4. The next quickest is the 1990-91 season when WKU won their 20th game on Feb. 11 followed by the 1984-85 Final Four season on Feb. 14.

This weekend’s games mark the final trip to the Lone Star State for Texas native Alexis Govan. The senior All-American candidate chose to travel approximately 1,000 miles from her native San Antonio, Texas to attend WKU. This weekend’s trip will mark her seventh trip to Texas during her WKU career.

One of Govan’s greatest moments in her WKU career didn’t happen in the state of Texas, but against a team from the state of Texas, Thursday’s opponent North Texas. Govan registered her career high of 40 points on Dec. 29, 2012 against North Texas in E.A. Diddle Arena. She converted on 16-of-20 shots in the game as WKU beat the Mean Green 82-80. The 40-point performance is one of four in WKU history and was the first since Crystal Kelly’s school record 42-point performance against ULM on Feb. 23, 2008. Govan scored 57 points in 58 minutes against North Texas in two games during the 2012-13 season.

WKU is 7-2 on the season in Conference USA play, having already played five games away from home in league play. Following this weekend’s road trip, WKU plays five of its final seven league games at home.

Following the two-game swing to Texas, the Lady Toppers return home for a three-game home stand.

The Lady Toppers will host Marshall on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 on Play4Kay Day in E.A. Diddle Arena at 1:00 p.m. CT. Individuals are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Kay Yow Foundation and breast cancer awareness. Donation buckets will be available at the door and WKU will host a silent auction to support the cause. Fans can also donate online at http://www.play4kay.org/wkuladytoppers. It is also Daddy/Daughter Date Night in E.A. Diddle Arena where all father/daughter couples can purchase one adult ticket and receive a youth admission for free. The Party 1 Kids Zone will also be available one hour prior to tipoff on the third level concourse with inflatables for kids. Fans can also purchase two tickets to the game for only $15 and receive a coupon for a free small pizza from Mr. B’s.

WKU hosts UAB on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. CT and then welcomes rival Middle Tennessee to E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. CT for the only meeting between the teams this season.

Students receive free admission to all Lady Topper Basketball games. Members of the Red Wave, WKU’s student support group, are encouraged to Bring a Friend to the Game for the remainder of the season for the chance to win great prizes. Students can check in at the Red Wave Table at the student entrance of E.A. Diddle Arena for more information.

Fans can also participate in the new Lady Toppers U Win Program for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Fans that buy a $10 upper level reserved seat to any home game will receive a free ticket to the each of the next WKU home games as long as the Lady Toppers continue to win. For example, if WKU wins the next 10 home games after fans purchase their $10 upper level reserved seat, they will receive a free ticket to each of the 10 ensuing home games for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart has also extended a unique offer for the remainder of the season.

“Our women’s basketball team is off to a great start this season, but we need more people in the stands,” said Stewart. “I guarantee you will have a great time seeing this team this year. Please buy a ticket and see this Lady Topper team. If you don’t have a great time, send me your ticket stub and I will refund your money.”

In addition, free parking will be available in PS1 and in the upper floors of PS2. Lots 1-5 and first floor of PS2 will continue to be reserved for HAF members.

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

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

Posted on 23 January 2015 by Allen

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#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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WKU to Retire Courtney Lee’s Jersey at Jan. 22 Game versus UTEP

WKU to Retire Courtney Lee’s Jersey at Jan. 22 Game versus UTEP

Posted on 10 January 2015 by Allen

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WKU Hilltopper Basketball great and current NBA star Courtney Lee will have his No. 32 jersey retired at the Hilltoppers’ game against UTEP on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Lee, WKU’s all-time leading scorer, will become the 10th person affiliated with WKU men’s basketball to have his jersey retired, joining E.A. Diddle, Clem Haskins, Tom Marshall, Jim McDaniels, John Oldham, Carlisle Towery, Bobby Rascoe, Darel Carrier and longtime radio play-by-play voice Wes Strader in the row of ceremonial jerseys hanging in the rafters of E.A. Diddle Arena.

“We are honored to have Hilltopper legend Courtney Lee return to Diddle Arena for the much-deserved retirement of his jersey,” WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “Courtney is an outstanding person and player whose presence enhanced our program and university and brought significant notoriety to each. While earning his degree, Courtney’s historic individual accomplishments on the court also resulted in equally significant team achievements. This will be a great night, and we look forward to having Courtney and his family return to Diddle Arena for this special occasion.”

“I am truly honored,” Lee said. “I enjoyed my time on The Hill and am grateful to have played in front of the fans in Bowling Green. I thank my teammates and the entire coaching staff, my academic advisor Ms. Dixie (Mahurin) and Danny Rumph and the Rumph family for helping to guide me in becoming the man I am today. I would also like to give credit to Jim Clark, President (Gary) Ransdell and Travis Hudson and everyone else that was a part of helping me reach this goal. This is a true blessing for my family and me.”

Lee finished his WKU career with 2,238 career points, equaling Jim McDaniels for the most in Hilltopper Basketball history. Lee’s 17.6 point-per-game scoring average for his career ranks seventh in WKU history, and he was a senior All-American on WKU’s 2007-08 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team while playing on four 20-win teams during his career.

In addition to the career scoring record and ranking seventh in scoring average, Lee ranks in the top-7 in the WKU career record book in eight other categories, including games started (2nd; 127), minutes played (1st; 3,957), field goals (3rd; 802), three-point field goals (2nd; 245), three-point field goal percentage (6th; .401), free throws (7th; 389), free throw percentage (2nd; .8172) and steals (2nd; 242).

Lee’s career record at WKU was 96-34 (.738), and he was 53-7 (.883) at E.A. Diddle Arena, where his jersey will now permanently reside.

In 127 games as a Hilltopper, all starts, Lee scored 2,238 points, an average of 17.6 per season, and shot 46.4 percent from the field (802-1729) and 40.1 percent from three-point range (245-611). He grabbed 663 rebounds for an average of 5.2 per season, and he converted at an outstanding 81.7 percent clip from the free throw line (389-476).

His high-water mark came as a senior in 2007-08, where he helped WKU to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and a 29-7 record by averaging 20.4 points per game. His 735 total points in 2007-08 are the third-most in a single season in Hilltopper history. The Indianapolis, Ind., native debuted as a freshman in 2004-05 and immediately contributed a freshman school-record 461 points (14.9 per game), which he increased to over 17.0 per outing in both his sophomore and junior seasons.

During his WKU career, Lee was a three-time first-team All-Sun Belt Conference performer (2006-08) and the 2005 SBC Freshman of the Year. He picked up SBC Player of the Year honors after his senior season in 2007-08, and he was also named an honorable mention Associated Press All-American for his stellar final campaign.

Lee graduated from WKU in 2008 with a degree in sociology and a minor in criminology.

Lee is in the middle of his seventh season in the NBA and currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies after suiting up for Orlando, New Jersey, Houston and Boston in previous seasons. Lee was selected with the 22nd pick of the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Magic.

During his professional career, Lee has averaged nearly 10 points per game over 475 outings, 250 of which were starts, and shot over 45 percent from the field and almost 40 percent from three-point range.

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