Tashia Brown leads Lady Tops to 14th-straight win against UAB

WKU’s forward Tashia Brown (10) beats Louisville forward Myisha Hines-Allen (2) to the ball in the final seconds of the Lady Topper’s 71-69 win Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Evan Heichelbech

The WKU women’s basketball team moved to 8-0 in Conference USA play after picking up a 63-49 road victory over University of Alabama-Birmingham on Thursday.

The first half was a tightly contested battle, and the Lady Tops found themselves trailing at halftime by a score of 31-29.

WKU’s defense was the deciding factor in the second half, and propelled the Lady Tops to their 14th-consecutive victory.

“We came out in the second half and changed our defense up and I was really just proud of our team being able to adjust on the fly,” Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard said in a post-game radio interview.

WKU held the Blazers to just six points in the third quarter and 23.1 percent shooting for the second half.

Sophomore guard Tashia Brown torched the nets for a game-high 25 points and junior guard Kendall Noble followed up her record-setting triple-double on Saturday with a 19-point, 9-rebound effort.

“Tashia and Kendall again stepped up and did a lot of good things for us,” Clark-Heard said. “We just gotta get consistent production off the bench and we’re gonna continue to keep working on that.”

Brown and Noble carried the Tops offensively in Birmingham, and sophomore forward Ivy Brown added 11 points to join the duo in double figures. The next highest scorer was freshman forward Simone Goods with 4 points.

“We focused on this game,”Coach Clark-Heard said. “We knew that they had this winning streak, that they play well on their home floor [and] they only allow a certain amount of points. You have to go game by game and that’s the way we always have been.”

Despite going 0-11 from behind the three-point line, the Lady Tops were able to break 60 against a UAB defense that only allows 55 points per game.

Up next for the Lady Tops will be another road game in Murfreesboro, Tennessee against rival Middle Tennessee on Saturday at 5 p.m.