Schedule break comes ‘at the right time’ for WKU

Brad Stephens

The Lady Toppers haven’t had much time to regroup in the last two weeks.

WKU played five games between Nov. 20 and Tuesday, going 1-4 in the process.

So Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said the six-day gap between the Lady Toppers’ last game on Tuesday and WKU’s next game on Monday against Louisiana Tech “came at the right time” for her team.

“It allowed us to get back to kind of the drawing board and break some things down in practice,” Cowles said. “The timing of this break and allowing us to get back on the practice floor was really, really good for us.”

The Lady Toppers moved to 1-6 on Tuesday with an 86-62 road loss to Bowling Green State. 

WKU fell victim to a blistering offensive performance from the Falcons, who hit 10 of 11 three-point shots in the first half.

The Lady Toppers trailed BGSU by as much as 38 en route to the loss, which sent the team to the first 1-6 start in program history.

It was the third straight loss for WKU in which the opponent made at least 40 percent of its three-point shots.

“That’s been a weakness of ours,” Cowles said. “We’ve got to do a better job of covering that three-point line.”

The Lady Toppers will soon have plenty of chances to showcase any improvements made during this schedule break, as they play four games in a six-day stretch between Monday and Dec. 11.

Cowles said the quick turnaround will be a good challenge for a team that’s still working to get the most out of its mix of five seniors and seven freshmen.

“We’re having some growing pains all over the court right now,” Cowles said. “The one positive about this team is that I think they’re coming back hungry…If they had laid down on us and given up, then obviously it’d be a totally different story.”

The game with the Lady Techsters Monday will be an opportunity to play in what used to be WKU’s biggest rivalry game.

The two teams were in the Sun Belt Conference together between 1991-1992 and 2000-2001, meeting in seven league title games along the way.

Louisiana Tech has a 26-13 all-time edge in the series and is 2-4 in its third full season under former player Teresa Weatherspoon.

“They’re just a very well-coached team,” Cowles said. “They’re always extremely athletic, and they’re an extremely talented rebounding basketball team.”