WKU battles for win over Little Rock


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WKU freshman guard Acacia Hayes (10) on a drive against Little Rock in E.A. Diddle Arena on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. WKU won 48-25.

Jake McMahon, Sports reporter

WKU Women’s Basketball (2-5) defeated the Little Rock Trojans (2-6) 48-25 in a Sunday afternoon blowout at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Junior Teresa Faustino had a great performance for the Lady Toppers. The Guard led WKU in scoring with 11 points. Faustino also tallied two assists and two steals in the contest.  Sophomore forward Jalyin Foster also stood out in the game. She totaled six points and six rebounds against the Trojans. Foster also accumulated two steals in the game match-up. 

The Lady Toppers struggled offensively in the game. WKU shot 33% from the field against the Trojans. WKU could only muster nine points from the perimeter on 20 attempts from three.

“We’ve not shot the ball well all season and that’s something we want to do better at,” Head Coach Greg Collins said. “But until you get more efficient on offense you’ve gotta hang your hat on defense and rebounding.”  

WKU’s defense was the star of the show against Little Rock. The Lady Toppers defense held the Trojans to 11-44 from the field. Additionally, WKU was able to hold the Trojans to single digit scoring in every quarter of the game.

Both teams started off slow on offense. Only eight points were scored through the first six minutes as the score was tied at four. The Lady Toppers were able to find some life towards the  end of the quarter. A 7-2 run in the final three minutes of the quarter put WKU up 11-6 to end the first period of play. 

The second quarter could not have gone much better for the Hilltoppers. WKU had a nine minute, 12-0 run to create a lot of separation. Little Rock was able to find the bottom of the net a few times late in the half, cutting their deficit to nine, 23-12.

The Trojans began halftime trying to change the momentum of the game. Little Rock started the third quarter with a 6-2 run cutting the WKU lead to seven. But, the Hilltoppers would shut down the Trojan comeback attempt. WKU responded with a 13-2 run to end the third quarter up 38-20.

WKU’s dominance carried into the fourth quarter. The Lady Toppers went on a 10-5 run through the last period of play. WKU concluded the dominant defensive performance with a 23 point victory, 48-25.

“We’re glad to get a win. Whether it’s a pretty win or an ugly win, a win is a win,” said Greg Collins. “To be able to get a win against a team that’s really strong defensively, we’re glad.” 

WKU will look to notch their second win in a row against the Indiana State Sycamores on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Sports reporter Jake McMahon can be reached at [email protected]