Lady Toppers come back in home win

Tyler Lashbrook

The Lady Toppers rallied from a second half deficit Thursday night to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 75-64 at Diddle Arena.

At one point, WKU (14-3, 7-1 Sun Belt Conference) was behind by as much as 11 points when the score reached 49-38 in the second half.

Sophomore forward Chastity Gooch battled foul trouble and wasn’t able to produce at her normal rate.

She still managed to grab 10 rebounds but only shot the ball five times and scored just five points.

WKU won by finishing the game on a 37-15 run.

Junior guard Bianca McGee led the second half surge by the Lady Toppers.

“Bianca came up to me at halftime before we left out and said ‘coach don’t worry, it’s going to get better,’” coach Michelle Clark-Heard said. “And when you’ve got a player that confident, it helps a lot. I went to her in the second half.”

McGee responded by scoring all of her 22 points in the second half.

Sophomore guard Alexis Govan recorded her second double-double in a row – the first two of her career.

This time she filled in with the absence of Gooch by grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds.

“Us guards had to rebound a little more because we didn’t have Chastity,” Govan said.

One of the factors that led to the deficit WKU faced was the three-point shooting by ULL (7-11, 1-8 SBC).

The Ragin’ Cajuns hit 10-of-20 three-pointers, including six from freshman guard Sylvana Okde.

“We challenged each other that whoever was going to guard her (Okde) would sit down and not let her knock down another,” Govan said. “And if they did we’d switch and the next person that was your challenge, to not let her knock down another.”

The Lady Toppers will finish off this home stretch against Arkansas Little-Rock (8-9, 4-4 SBC) Saturday afternoon

UALR handed WKU its only loss in Sun Belt Conference play on Jan. 6 in Little Rock, AR.