Team effort propels Lady Tops past Marshall

WKU’s guard Ima Akpan (20) dribbles around University of Texas at San Antonio guard Crystal Chidomere (4) during a WKU-University of Texas at San Antonio basketball game on Thursday Feb. 4 at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. Kathryn Ziesig/HERALD

Evan Heichelbech

Sophomore guard Tashia Brown did not play in Sunday’s victory over Marshall University for the Lady Tops due to an injury that kept her in Bowling Green.

However, the injury didn’t keep her team from picking up the 80-76 victory over the Thundering Herd on the road.

“I’m just really proud of the team in general and people stepping up,” Head Coach Michelle-Clark-Heard said in a post-game radio interview. “That’s what we needed. I talked to everybody about making sure that different people were ready to step up.”

The other two Browns on the team were instrumental in pulling the team together for the win. Sophomore forward Ivy Brown had 26 points and 11 rebounds, racking up her eighth double-double of the season.

Brown went 9-10 from the floor and 5-5 from three-point range to hold off a hot-shooting Marshall team.

As a team, WKU finished shooting 51.9 percent from the floor while Marshall shot 50.9 percent. The Lady Tops also cashed in on 70 percent of their three-point opportunities, going 7-10 from beyond the arc.

Freshman forward Taylor Brown had a solid game as well, connecting on 7-13 shots from the floor to put together a 16-point, 5-rebound effort.

“Ivy Brown was huge for us tonight. Taylor Brown was crucial for us in the first half,” Clark-Heard said. “[They] just came out and did a lot of great things.” 

The 80-76 outcome was only the fourth loss of the season for the Thundering Herd inside their own building. 

“It was a great crowd,” Clark-Heard said. “They were into the game. It was a good atmosphere and I think it was a good situation for our team to be in so we can figure out down the stretch how to get things done.”

The Lady Tops improved to 19-4 overall on the season with the victory and 8-3 on the road.