Lady Toppers move to 4-0 on the road

Elliott Pratt

Just two days after a home loss to Vanderbilt, the Lady Toppers bounced back in monumental fashion with a 62-38 thumping of Morehead State Thursday night.

WKU moved to 4-0 on the road for the year.

WKU held the Lady Eagles to eight points in the first half on 3-of-23 field goal attempts. Morehead then scored eight in the first 2:31 of the second half.

The Lady Toppers were one point away from the best defensive half of in school history. The 1990-91 WKU team held St. Louis to just seven points in a half.

WKU also posted a season-high 19 steals, making it the fourth game with 15 or more steals this year.

The Lady Toppers were led by Chastity Gooch, who recorded her seventh double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while also recording seven steals.

Danay Fothergill came off the bench to follow up with 14 points, while Alexis Govan put up 11 points and six rebounds.

Freshman Kendall Noble saw her first action as a Lady Topper, producing four points, seven rebounds and two steals in 17 minutes.

The second half once again proved to be spot for improvement according to coach Michelle Clark Heard, whose team was outscored 30-27 in part two of the night.

“We got beat in the second half,” Heard told WKU radio. “We need to be able to come out — no matter where we’re at — and sit down and guard and hold our opponents where we need to.”

Nineteen turnovers from the Lady Toppers is something that Heard said was disappointing since Morehead State never pressed WKU.

WKU shot 40 percent from the floor while the Lady Eagles only made 24 percent of their shots.

Heard said it was a great road win to add onto an already impressive run, but that the team still needed to progress in multiple spots.

“They shot 24 percent, but some of those shots they missed point blank,” Heard said. “We have to keep getting better at those things and keep working. I’m just continuing to push them to be the best they could be.

“There’s a lot of good things to be excited about, but I’m just in that coach mode where you’re trying to think of everything else you need to do to get ready for the next one.”

WKU won’t have much time to celebrate this win as the next one comes Sunday once again on the road at Kent State. The 6-2 Lady Toppers are set to tip-off at 1 pm in Kent, Ohio.