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Lady Toppers look for revenge against rival Middle Tennessee

Eli Randolph
Guard Teresa Faustino (14) battles for the ball during WKU’s game against La Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Faustino scored 11 points and WKU won 64-56.

WKU women’s basketball will look for revenge Saturday, as they host rival Middle Tennessee State in their Red Out game. 

Sitting on a two-game losing streak, the Lady Toppers look to rebound to end the season on a strong note as they play the rival Lady Raiders.  Middle Tennessee State sits atop the conference at 12-0 in conference play and 22-4 overall.  They have won 12 straight games and have a 9-2 record in road games.  The Raiders average 71.8 points per game and are 21-0 when they reach 63 points or more.  The Lady Raiders also allow 54.7 points per game, an incredibly low mark. 

Middle Tennessee State also has the conference-scoring leader in fifth-year guard Savannah Wheeler.  She’s scored 452 total points and averages 17.4 points per game. 

WKU forces 20.07 turnovers per game, which is the second highest in the conference, while leading the conference in steals with 10.9 per game.  Junior guard Alexis Mead leads the conference in steals and is third in steals per game with 2.  Sophomore guard Josie Gilvin and Senior guard Teresa Faustino both average 1.7 steals per game, which is tied for fifth in the conference. 

Saturday’s game will be the 85th all-time between WKU and Middle Tennessee dating back to the 1924-25 season. WKU owns a 24-16 record against the Blue Raiders in Bowling Green. 

Saturday’s game will be the first nationally televised game for the women in Diddle Arena since Feb 25, 2016.  It will be on ESPN + as usual but will also be airing on ESPNU. 

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