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Lady Toppers prepare for their first full week of conference play

Dominic Di Palermo
Guard Karris Allen (32) drives the lane during a game against the Mercer Bears in the Diddle arena on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023.

WKU Women’s Basketball (10-6, 1-0 C-USA) will look to build upon a two-game winning streak this week, beginning Wednesday.

The Lady Toppers will host the Sam Houston Bearkats at Diddle Arena on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. CT. 

Sam Houston currently sits at 5-8 on the season, and has been reeling as of late, dropping five in a row.

Seniors Diana Rosenthal and Raanee Smith will be the Lady Toppers biggest threat as they have carried the Bearkats this season.

Rosenthal is averaging 12.4 points per game while Smith is averaging 11.6 points and ten rebounds per game. 

Later in the week, the Lady Toppers will travel to Jacksonville, Alabama to take on Jacksonville State on Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m. CT. 

Jacksonville State, like Sam Houston, sits at 5-8 on the season. The Gamecocks have been performing a bit better recently as they have gone 2-2 in their last four. 

Jacksonville State challenged themselves early with two road SEC games at Auburn and at Mississippi State.

Since these challenging contests the Gamecocks have played .500 ball going 5-5. 

Jacksonville State’s stats have been very spread out over the season as no player averages more than nine points or five rebounds a game.

Jacksonville State’s shared minutes are to blame for these low season statistics, as 13 players average at least five minutes a game. No player on the Gamecocks averages over 26 minutes of playing time per contest.

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