WKU comes home after ending losing skid

Brad Stephens

It turns out the 2-20 Troy team on Saturday was just what the doctor ordered for the Lady Toppers.

WKU came into the day with a five-game losing streak, its longest of the season. The Lady Toppers were also 0-12 on the road, not having won on an opponent’s home floor since Feb. 19, 2011.

But WKU broke both streaks with a dominating 59-36 win over the Trojans at Sartain Hall, outscoring the Trojans 35-14 in the second half.

Freshman guard Danay Fothergill led the Lady Topper charge with 15 points, shooting 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

The Troy victory came just three days after WKU dropped a 67-64 heartbreaker to Middle Tennessee State.

“I think we had a little fire in us,” Fothergill told WKU’s Big Red Radio following the game. “(The MTSU) game kind of ticked us off … Tonight we came out and got it done.”

The Lady Toppers especially got it done on the defensive end and on the boards.

WKU allowed the Trojans to hit just four field goals in the second half and didn’t let them make a 3-pointer all game.

Then the Lady Toppers out-rebounded Troy 42-32 and 14-5 offensively.

For a team that’s struggled at times in the second half this season, there was no letdown on Saturday.

“Coach told us coming into the game we’d have to play 40 minutes,” Fothergill said. “And that’s what we did, we played the whole game.”

Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said she thought the play of sophomore guard Chaney Means stood out against Troy.

Means scored just two points but dished six assists, tallied four steals and a block, and committed just two turnovers.

“That’s a really nice stat line for a point guard,” Cowles said.

WKU will be back home for its next game, a 7:30 p.m. matchup on Wednesday with Sun Belt Conference East Division rival Florida Atlantic.

The Lady Toppers are 5-5 in Diddle Arena this year, playing in front of an average of 1,208 fans a game.

“We need people in Diddle Arena Wednesday night, we really, really do,” Cowles said. “We need this win.”