Lady Topper shooting woes lead to second straight loss


Sean McInnis

WKU freshman guard Acacia Hayes (10) drives against Vanderbilt in E.A. Diddle Arena on Monday, Nov. 7 2022. WKU lost 82-71.

Camden Bush and Piper McCoun

The Lady Toppers (0-2) dropped their second game of the season 65-47 to the Missouri Tigers (4-0) Monday night at Missouri.

The Lady Toppers suffered from another shooting performance against the Tigers. After shooting just 38.1% from the field in their last game, WKU shot just 36 percent from the field Monday night.

Greg Collins’ squad did show a lot of improvement from behind the three-point line despite the loss. The team shot 40.9% from three, as they knocked down nine of 22 shots from deep. The Lady Toppers had a hard time making it to the line, however, as the team shot just two free throws. 

WKU struggled with maintaining possession of the ball for the second straight game. The Tigers forced WKU into 20 turnovers and they scored 23 points off of Lady Topper miscues. 

Junior guard Teresa Faustino and sophomore forward Jaylin Foster carried the  offense on the night. The two combined for 30 of the team’s 47 points as Faustino had 16 and Foster had 14. 

The WKU defense had a solid night, but the offense did not do enough to keep them in the game. The Lady Toppers forced 16 turnovers, but allowed the Tigers to score on 45.9% of their possessions. WKU scored on only 31.1% of its possessions. 

The defense did improve on not fouling as opposed to last game. Last week against Vanderbilt, the defense allowed 31 free throws as opposed to holding Missouri to 11 free throws. 

Missouri out-rebounded WKU on the night 34-29. The Tigers also had 11 offensive rebounds and 13 second chance points, which hurt WKU.

The Tigers shot at a higher clip from the field than the Lady Toppers did, going 24-54 from the field, totaling a 44.4 field goal percentage.

The game got off to a slow start as WKU led 6-5 up until the 3:45 mark in the first quarter. The Tigers then went on a 15-7 run to close out the quarter and never looked back. 

The Lady Toppers got off to a solid start in the second quarter, making the score 18-22, in favor of Missouri. The teams went back and forth in the second and Missouri ultimately took a 33-26 lead into the half. 

WKU scored first in the second half before the Tigers went on a 15-0 run. This run gave them a 48-29 lead and ultimately won them the game. The third quarter ended with the Tigers leading 54-35. 

The Lady Toppers then outscored the Tigers by one in the fourth, but it did no good as Missouri claimed a 65-47 victory. 

Up next, the Lady Toppers will host the Miami of Ohio Redhawks at Diddle Arena next Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT.