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Lady Toppers end non-conference schedule with dominant win

Dominic Di Palermo
Guard Alexis Mead (3) drives the lane during a game against Cornell University in the Diddle arena on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023.

WKU Women’s Basketball closed out non-conference play Friday, with a commanding 97-39 win over the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets at Diddle Arena. 

WKU will close out its season with 16 straight C-USA contests beginning Jan. 6. 

WVSU faced its toughest battle of the season in their matchup against WKU. The Yellow Jackets are a DII program and WKU represented their lone contest against a D1 program this season.   

WKU saw many contributors throughout the contest as 11 players scored. No WKU player played more than 22 minutes in a game that quickly got out of hand. 

The Lady Toppers took a quick lead and never looked back, going on an 11-2 run to begin the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the rest of the first quarter as WKU took a 29-14 lead into the second.  

WKU put the game out of reach with a dominant second quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 28-2 in the period to take a 57-16 lead into the half. 

The Lady Topper successes continued in the second half, outscoring WVSU 22-14 in the third quarter and 18-9 in the fourth, claiming a 97-39 victory. 

WVSU struggled mightily throughout the contest. The Yellow Jackets shot 23.7% from the field, 8.3% from three and 47.4% from the free throw line. 

On the other hand, WKU shot 49.4% from the field, 26.9% from three, and 73.7% from the free throw line.  

Senior guard Destiny Salary led the Lady Toppers in scoring with 25 points on 10-16 shooting and five rebounds. 

The win brings the Lady Toppers to 9-6 on the season. 

WKU will open conference play Saturday, Jan. 6 on the road against Liberty at 1 p.m. CT. 


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