Frontcourt stars in Lady Toppers’ exhibition win

Senior forward Keisha Mosley draws a blocking foul while going up for a shot against Kentucky Wesleyan in the second half at Diddle Arena.

Brad Stephens

LaTeira Owens and Keisha Mosley didn’t have much

trouble in the post Sunday against Kentucky Wesleyan.

The two senior forwards combined to score 46 points

in leading WKU to an 84-59 exhibition win over the Panthers at

Diddle Arena.

“We have a good post game,” Owens said. “And that’s

what we rely on because it will open up for our guards.”

Owens was selected in October to the All-Sun Belt

Conference second team, the only Lady Topper to make any of the

three all-league teams.

She notched a double-double against KWC, grabbing 26

points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting and 10-of-11 on free


“LaTeira, going (to the line) 11 times and making 10

of them, that’s a big time opportunity to gather some points for

our team,” Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said. “Hopefully that will

continue to be a consistent piece to our offensive game plan.”

Meanwhile Mosley, a former transfer from Purdue, shot

75 percent in scoring 20 points.

The 6-foot-1 Detroit native also

stayed on the floor for 21 minutes after averaging 12.8 minutes per

game in 2010-11.

“You’ve got to give credit to Keisha

for knowing what her physical presence and her size can do for

her,” Cowles said. “She has a level of quickness for her size

that’s really unfamiliar with bigger post players like her, and

give her credit for knowing that.”

Owens and Mosley had to lead WKU

back from behind against a pesky Panther team.

KWC used an effective half court

offense to stay with the Lady Toppers for much of the first half

and led 31-29 just three minutes before halftime.

But WKU finished the half on an 8-0

run to take a 37-31 lead to the locker room.

The Panthers hit a three-pointer to

begin the second half, but the Lady Toppers followed with an 18-3

run that gave them a commanding 18-point lead.

Mosley scored six points during that


Cowles said she expects those kinds of performances

from Mosley to be a theme this year.

“Keisha has matured and I think

she’s more comfortable in knowing, ‘This is what my team needs out

of me,’” Cowles said. “I think we’re going to see a lot of positive

things coming on a consistent basis from Keisha Mosley this


Owens and Mosley were joined in the

WKU starting lineup Sunday by senior forward Teranie Thomas, senior

guard Vanessa Obafemi and sophomore guard Chaney Means.

The Lady Toppers’ seven freshmen all

also saw playing time, most notably forward Chasity Gooch and guard

Alexis Govan.

Cowles said she thought the freshmen

played “phenomenal” in their first time at Diddle Arena, but

expected them to have to overcome the same jitters Saturday when

WKU opens its regular season against Towson.

“To be honest, Saturday will be an

unknown (for the freshmen) because it’s in the win-loss column,”

Cowles said. “All of us have to be extremely patient with these

freshmen but they’re here for a reason.”