Bopp It: Sophomore’s Career High Leads Tops to Victory

Senior guard Kendall Noble (12) snags a rebound over Louisiana Tech guard Jasmine LeBlanc (22) and junior forward Alexus Malone (34) during the Lady Toppers’ 67-58 win against Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at Diddle Arena. Jack Atkerson/ Herald

Matthew Stewart

Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard and her top seeded Lady Toppers are headed to the championship game of the Conference USA tournament.

“To have the opportunity to be able to play for the championship is just a blessing in itself. This team just every single day they just continue to keep surprising me, just fighting and doing all those things,” said Clark Heard.

The recurring story of WKU women’s basketball in the past two games has been, without a doubt, Sidnee Bopp.

“She’s a phenomenal young lady. The more that it gets close to crunch time, the better she is. We go back a year ago, she’s the reason why we played in the elite eight, made that big shot in the last play in the elite eight of the WNIT,” said Clark Heard. “Every day she comes to practice, she works hard. Clearly her confidence is really at a high level right now.”

Bopp was an integral part in the 78-51 win over North Texas but left room for an even better performance today.

Bopp willed the team to victory over with a career high 18 points. The sophomore guard scored all 18 from Steph Curry range which is even more impressive. All 18 came in the first half for the Arkansas native who only played 22 minutes. Her stat line was 6-11 from the field, 6-11 from three point land.

“She played great today and I know she had it in her the whole time. She does that to us at practice all the time and I’m glad it’s finally showing on the game court,” said senior guard Kendall Noble.

Heading in to halftime the Hilltoppers led the Lady Techsters 43-32.

After intermission the Tops didn’t look back. Louisiana Tech didn’t have an answer for the three in red scoring double figures.

Noble and Micah Jones finished with 14 and 11 respectively to go along with Bopp. Jones added six assists while Noble grabbed four boards and dished out four dimes on her own. 

Clark-Heard said one of the good things about her team is the fact they have so many weapons that can attack and beat you on a given night. 

Bopp is not the main threat listed on the scouting report, which is soon to change after the numbers she has put up in the tournament.

With the 77-53 victory WKU (26-6) moves to the C-USA championship game where they take on the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi. (23-9). Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

“I feel like we’re following the game plan and doing what coach tells us to do and I think we’re confident right now. We’re playing well and everybody is playing together, we’re pretty deep and hopefully this continues tomorrow,” said Noble.