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WKU Women’s Basketball falls to no. 16 Kansas State in Gulf Coast Showcase

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Forward Odeth Betancourt (21) during a game against Cornell University in the Diddle arena on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023.

WKU Women’s Basketball fell to Kansas State University (16) 77-61 on Nov. 24 in Estero, Florida. The Hilltoppers now hold a 5-2 season record.

As a team, WKU shot 33.3% from the field, going 3-19 from three. They also shot 16-23 for free throws. The Hilltoppers grabbed a total of 30 rebounds compared to Kansas State’s 48. WKU put up 16 points off turnovers and 32 points in the paint.

The Lady Toppers got out to a quick 16-14 lead in the first period. Kansas State then took control of the game in the second period, outscoring WKU 25-9. Kansas State was then able to hold onto its lead to claim a 16 point victory over the Lady Topper’s


Senior guard Teresa Faustino, senior forward Odeth Betancourt, junior guard Alexis Mead, sophomore guard Acacia Hayes and sophomore guard Karris Allen all started for the Hilltoppers.

Hayes led the team in scoring with 29 points, going 11-15 from the field, with five rebounds and three assists.

Mead also played an important role for the Lady Toppers with five rebounds and playing 29 minutes in total. Mead fouled out at 6:40 in the fourth quarter with Allen subbing in.

Betancourt went 4-9 on field goals, posting eight points for the Hilltoppers. Additionally, Faustino also played 28 minutes and put up seven points.

WKU will return to the court Nov. 25 in Estero, Florida to face the University of Vermont at 10 a.m. CST. 

Sports reporter Molly St. Clair can be reached at [email protected]

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