Noble joins 1,000 point club in victory over North Texas

Lady Topper forward Tashia Brown (10) goes for a layup during the Conference USA game at Diddle Arena, Saturday, January 16. The Lady Topper’s defeated the Eagles, 65 -53. Alyssa Pointer/HERALD

Evan Heichelbech

The WKU women’s basketball team improved to 14-2 on the season and 5-0 in conference play after defeating North Texas 65-53 at Diddle Arena on Saturday. A highlight of the game’s action was junior guard Kendall Noble’s newest accolade: joining the 1,000-point club.

Noble netted a career-high 31 points against the Mean Green defense, raising her career point total to 1,004. She is the 36th member of the 1,000-point club and the first Lady Topper to have more than 30 points in a game since Chastity Gooch scored 32 against Austin Peay on Dec. 16, 2014. 

Sophomore guard Tashia Brown also scored in double figures, putting together an 18-point, 5-assist effort. Sophomore forward Ivy Brown only had 3 points but grabbed 10 boards despite getting into foul trouble.

Neither team shot the ball particularly well, as WKU shot 35 percent from the floor and UNT shot 38 percent. UNT and WKU were close in almost every statistical category in the box score. The Mean Green shot better from the floor and outrebounded the Lady Tops 64-53, but the two categories that helped decide the game were turnovers and points off turnovers.

WKU forced 19 UNT turnovers and converted them into 20 points. The Lady Tops only gave the ball up 9 times and played solid defense, holding the opponent under 69 points for a 15th consecutive game.

The Lady Toppers look to continue their 11-game winning streak against Old Dominion on Thursday. The game will tipoff at 11 a.m. at Diddle Arena.