Lady Toppers beat Morehead State after slow start

Kyle Williams

The Lady Toppers notched their 16th consecutive victory over Morehead State Sunday afternoon in Diddle Arena behind 30 points from the bench.

Despite totaling 22 turnovers, WKU (5-2) forced MSU to cough the ball up 26 times and improved to 11-2 in games following a loss. Coach Michelle Clark-Heard has won 18 of 21 games after a loss in her tenure.

The Lady Toppers got off to a rough start by turning the ball over five times in the first 4:16 of play and shooting just 4-for-11 in the first seven minutes.

Two straight buckets by junior guard Alexis Govan with 3:42 to go in the first half gave the Lady Toppers their first lead since the 17:59 mark. WKU belted out a 10-0 run and ended the half with a 32-30 advantage. Of the 32 first-half Lady Topper points, 16 were scored in the paint. Junior forward Chastity Gooch played just eight minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.

The Lady Toppers opened the second half on a 16-2 run behind 5-of-8 shooting and forced eight MSU turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the half.

Heard said that WKU came out flat in the first half and that she was pleased with the Lady Toppers’ play in the early goings of the second half.

“We came out of the locker room and we were very flat,” Heard said. “They were outhustling us, they were getting loose balls…at halftime we addressed those things and I was super proud of the way we came out in the second half and picked up our defense.”

WKU rode its bench for the majority of the second half on the way to a 65-52 win over the Lady Eagles. The Lady Toppers outscored MSU 30-9 in bench points and scored 34 of their 65 points in the paint. WKU was also a combined 18-of-22 from the free throw stripe.

Govan totaled a team-high 16 points while senior guard Bianca McGee tallied 15 points on just seven shot attempts in 23 minutes of action.

McGee said the Lady Topper bench is always ready to provide a jumpstart for the team if necessary.

“Whether it’s practice or a game,” McGee said. “Everyone on the team is just as important as the first five out there. If they need a spark…we’re supposed to be ready when our number is called.”

WKU will be back in action on Saturday at Ball State. The Lady Toppers are 1-1 all-time against Ball State, including a 1-0 record in Muncie, Ind.