WKU topples Louisiana-Monroe for third-straight blow-out win, 92-63.

WKU junior forward Chastity Gooch goes up for a basket over Lousiana-Monroe junior center Tyler Holley during the first half of their game at Diddle Arena. (Ian Maule/HERALD)

Kyle Williams

The Lady Toppers clinched their third-straight victory in dominating fashion on Saturday as WKU rolled past Louisiana-Monroe, 92-63, in Diddle Arena.

WKU (17-8, 9-5 Sun Belt Conference) has won its last three games by an average of 27.3 points.

Five players scored in double figures for the Lady Toppers, led by junior forward Chastity Gooch and senior guard Bianca McGee with 20 and 17 points, respectively. Redshirt freshman guard Kendall Noble and sophomore guard Micah Jones tallied 11 apiece, while freshman forward Bria Gaines recorded 10.

Gooch surpassed four former Lady Toppers on WKU’s all-time scoring list with her 20 points, jumping from 26th to 22nd place.

ULM jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead before a 12-0 run gave the Lady Toppers a 17-9 advantage with 13:13 left in the first half.

Coach Michelle Clark-Heard was pleased with the Lady Toppers’ early resiliency.

“I was just really proud of our focus today and how we came out of the locker room,” Heard said. “We didn’t start out well, they made some shots early, but we started to pick it up and I could see the energy as they kept going. I was just super proud of them.”

The Lady Toppers headed into halftime with a 53-32 lead, fueled by Gooch with 13 points. Seven WKU players totaled at least five points in the first 20 minutes. The 53 first-half points are a season-high for points in a half.

WKU came into the second half with much of the same energy it exhibited in the first half, which was refreshing for Heard.

“We were really focused,” Heard said. “…I just challenged them to make sure that we can step out of the half and get back on the court and make sure we put three good games together.”

Gooch nailed a jumper with 6:32 left, giving her 20 points and solidifying herself as 22nd on WKU’s all-time scoring list.

The Lady Toppers shot 60 percent in the second half en route to a 92-63 win over ULM.

Five WKU players recorded at least 10 points and two more Lady Toppers tallied at least eight. The Lady Toppers forced ULM into 16 turnovers, which led to 25 points.

Junior guard Chanell Lockhart, who led the Lady Toppers with 12 rebounds and three steals, said winning is a lot more fun when you’re getting out in transition.

“It’s just much easier and fun when you’re just running,” Lockhart said. “When you don’t have to just run a play every possession, that makes it better.”

WKU will travel to San Marcos, Texas for a battle with Texas State on Wednesday. Three of the four remaining regular-season games for the Lady Toppers will be away from Diddle Arena.