Lady Toppers travel to Ball State on Saturday

WKU junior Chastity Gooch drives attempts a lay up during WKU’s 74-61 loss against #4 Louisville on Nov. 27, 2013 at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Kyle Williams

The Lady Topper basketball team will look to build on its strong second half against Morehead State on Sunday as WKU travels to Muncie, Ind. to take on Ball State on Saturday.

WKU (5-2) held MSU to just five field goals and forced 15 of a total of 26 turnovers in the second half during their Sunday showdown.

Coach Michelle Clark-Heard said she’s eager for her team to get back on the court because of the defensive prowess they showed in the second half against the Lady Eagles.

“I’m really excited about the second half of our last game against Morehead State,” Heard said. “Defensively, we did some things that we’ve been really working on…I’m excited about the opportunity to get on the road again and just the opportunity for us to get another game under our belt.”

The Lady Toppers will visit a 2-6 Ball State team that averages 65.2 points per game on 36 percent shooting. Ball State fell to No. 16 Purdue by just six points in its first game of the season.

WKU is coming into Saturday having won four of its last five games and is averaging 73.4 points per game on 42 percent shooting.

Heard said the Lady Toppers can’t take Ball State for granted despite the statistics.

“It’s going to be another tough road trip for us,” Heard said. “They’re playing pretty well on their home floor. I know their record doesn’t speak as well as I think, but they’re a great team…we’re going to have to get back in transition. They love to push the ball and shoot the threes in transition, so we’re going to have to get back and play good defense. I think the biggest thing is really trying to focus on our defense again and let our defense turn into offense.”

Heard said Ball State’s leading scorer — Nathalie Fontaine, who is averaging 16.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game — will pose a threat to the Lady Toppers on offense and on the glass.

“They’re leading scorer is very athletic,” Heard said. “Plays at the four position. I think she rebounds really well and can score around the goal.”

Three Lady Toppers average more than 12 points per game this season, including junior guard Alexis Govan and junior forward Chastity Gooch, who are averaging a combined 31.9 points and 14.2 rebounds per game.

The game tips off in Muncie, Ind. at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The overall series is tied at 1-1, with WKU’s only win coming on the road. Govan needs just 20 points to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career.