In addition to the offensive prowess of junior forward Chastity Gooch, senior guard Bianca McGee and redshirt freshman guard Kendall Noble down the stretch, the Lady Toppers’ 1-3-1 pressing defense was a major factor in clinching their 10th Sun Belt Tournament title.
Coach Michelle Clark-Heard went with the defensive change with about 15 minutes remaining and according to Noble, it forced ASU into turnovers which led to high-percentage shots on the other end of the floor.
“I think it helped our intensity a lot,” Noble said. “We got them sped up a little bit, they started making some mistakes and we got some stops. That led to us getting some easy baskets.”