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Lady Toppers lose fourth straight game

Tucker Covey
The Lady Toppers put up a stout defense against FIU’s junior forward Maria Torres (44) in E.A. Diddle Arena on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. WKU won 67-63.

WKU womens basketball dropped their fourth straight game Wednesday, losing to Louisiana Tech 46-41. 

With a nine-point lead in the third quarter, WKU went cold, shooting 1-16 from the field in the fourth and going the last 3:53 seconds of game time without scoring.  Another cold shooting night plagued the team as they were unable to capitalize off LA Tech’s mistakes. 

This is WKU’s fourth consecutive loss and drops the team to 15-14 (6-8 CUSA).

Senior guard Destiny Salary scored eight points in the contest, leading the team with sophomore guard Karris Allen who had eight points and eight rebounds. 

The first quarter opened with a quick 6-0 start for LA Tech. They stretched the lead to 9-2 with 4:30 remaining in the quarter.  The Lady Toppers went on an 8-4 run to end the quarter.   

The second quarter was low scoring like the first.  WKU forced 12 LA Tech turnovers and scored 11 points off them in the first half.  WKU only shot 8-30 from the field, but 1-6 shooting from the free throw line for LA Tech kept the game tied going into halftime. Junior guard Alexis Mead and senior forward Odeth Betancourt both had five points. 

WKU opened the second half hot, going on an 8-0 run.  The defense held LA Tech to 4-24 from the three-point line for the game and just four made shots in the third quarter.   

The fourth quarter opened with WKU starting 0-9 from the field.  With 3:53 left in the fourth quarter, they finally scored, but the Lady Techsters were now within one after trailing all second half.  The Lady Techsters went scoreless for almost four minutes near the end of the game, until a late foul by WKU gave LA Tech the lead off free throws.  Two more turnovers would seal the game for LA Tech. 

The Lady Toppers went 2-6 in the month of February and did not win a game on the road.  They return home for their last two games, both very important for tournament seeding.  They will start with FIU on Saturday at 1 p.m.  

The game can be watched on ESPN + 

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