Lady Toppers drop third-straight with loss at UALR

UALR guard Hannah Fohn, WKU forward Chastity Gooch and UALR forward Kiera Clark go up for a rebound during the first half of WKU’s game against the University of Arkansas Little Rock Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.

Kyle Williams

Poor shooting and turnovers stopped WKU short of a comeback against Arkansas-Little Rock on the road Saturday, making it three straight losses for the Lady Toppers after falling 58-51 to the Trojans.

WKU (14-8, 6-5 Sun Belt Conference) made just 16 of its 56 field goal attempts and turned the ball over 17 times. Junior forward Chastity Gooch, redshirt freshman guard Kendall Noble and sophomore guard Micah Jones combined for 41 of WKU’s 51 points.

After WKU scored the game’s first bucket, UALR (11-10, 6-5 SBC) belted out eight straight points to gain a six-point advantage through the first 4:08 of play.

Noble ended another Trojan run with 3:35 remaining in the first half, but the Lady Toppers trailed UALR 28-19.

WKU committed 12 of its 17 turnovers in the first half and went into the locker room behind 33-23. The Lady Toppers shot 33 percent from the floor through the first 20 minutes. 

The Trojans used another period-opening 8-2 run in roughly four minutes to extend their lead to 41-25.

The Lady Toppers were able to get within nine points of UALR with 1:42 remaining, but were unable to complete the comeback and fell to the Trojans, 58-51.

WKU will look to end its three-game losing spell versus Troy (8-13, 4-6 SBC) on Wednesday in Diddle Arena. The Lady Toppers lead the all-time series, 15-1.