WKU loses to California Baptist ahead of conference play


Tucker Covey

WKU sophomore guard Mya Meredith (5) attempts a two-pointer during the matchup with Little Rock in E.A. Diddle Arena on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. WKU won 48-25.

Izzy Lanuza, Sports reporter

WKU Women’s Basketball fell to California Baptist University on Wednesday at the Lancer’s home court in Riverside California.

The Lady toppers put up a good fight, losing 69-61. This was the fourth time in the 2022-2023 season the Lady Toppers have been out rebounded, with California Baptist out rebounding 49-38. 

The standout star of the game, sophomore Mya Meredith was WKU’s leading scorer. The guard made 16 baskets to tie her season high. Guard Hope Sivori was able to secure 13 points for the Toppers. This was the junior’s second double-digit game of the season. 

The Lady Toppers scored the first five points of the game before the Lancer’s had an 8-0 run. The second quarter of the game began with Cal Baptists’ run of 6-0 before WKU followed with a 10-0 run. The Hilltoppers ended the half with the Lancers up 29-24.

The third quarter was pretty evenly matched, with both teams making a similar amount of baskets. The fourth quarter was a little more intense as WKU took the lead in the beginning of the quarter before the Lancers secured the final few points. WKU lost to California Baptist 69-61.

“We had great effort to get back in the game and actually take a lead, but we need that same effort the entire game,” said head coach Greg Collins. “On the boards, it’s hard to win when you give up 49 rebounds.”

WKU will be heading down to Rice University to open up conference play on Dec. 29. Following the matchup, the Hilltoppers will travel back to Diddle to host MTSU.