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Lady Toppers look to bounce back at New Mexico State

Eli Randolph
Guard Teresa Faustino (14) drive the lane during WKU’s game against La Tech on Wednesday, Feb.7. WKU won 64-56.

WKU women’s basketball will look to rebound Saturday, as they close out a two-game road trip at New Mexico State.   

After a devastating loss to UTEP Thursday night, WKU looks to return to the win column as the regular season ends.  The team stands at 15-11 (6-5 Conference-USA) which is good for fourth in the conference.  The Aggies sit right behind them in fifth place with a 4-6 conference record. 

This game will be the ninth all-time meeting between WKU and New Mexico State. The Lady Toppers hold a 6-2 record but dropped their matchup against the Aggies earlier this season. 

New Mexico State’s defense has been great this season, holding teams to 60.8 points per game which is second lowest in C-USA.  In the previous matchup between these two teams, the Aggies held WKU to 44 points.  Senior guard Molly Kaiser leads the Aggies in scoring with 14.5 points per game. 

Late turnovers and missed free throws were crucial in WKU’s last loss against UTEP. The ability to close out the Aggies will be crucial.  WKU has forced 20 or more turnovers in their last three games.  Forcing turnovers, capitalizing with points off the turnovers, and staying out of foul trouble are key steps to defeating New Mexico State. 

Tip-off is at 3:00 p.m. at the Pan American Center.  The game can be watched on ESPN+.

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