Monthly Archives: November 2009

Taggart already out recruiting

Just talked to Athletics Director Wood Selig to get an update on Willie Taggart, as it has been exactly a week since it was announced Taggart was going to be the next football coach.

Selig said Taggart will start working in Bowling Green early next week, but he is currently out recruiting for Western. Selig said recruiting had a lot to do with the timing of the hiring as Western wanted to maximize the most amount of time between the hiring and signing day on Feb. 3, 2010.

Selig also said that he isn’t aware of what Taggart has decided to do in terms of coaching Stanford in a bowl game.

As far as Taggart’s assistants go, Selig said that timeline was up to Taggart. Selig also said that Taggart’s contract is pretty much complete with just a few details to hammer out.

David Elson’s last day is Friday, Dec. 4, according to Selig.

-Andrew Robinson

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Western-Arkansas: game notes

The Lady Toppers (3-1) face off against Arkansas today in their final game in the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico. A few game notes:

Arkansas

-The Razorbacks (3-1) overcame an eight-point deficit at halftime to pick up a 66-60 win over Iona on Thursday in Cancun.

-Arkansas was led yesterday by sophomore guard Lyndsay Harris’ 28 points and eight three-pointers. Harris is averaging 11.8 points per game and shooting 43.5 percent from behind the arc.

-Harris is hardly the only playmaker for the Razorbacks. They have five players averaging at least 10 points per game and seven averaging at least 7.3.

-Arkansas is led by former Louisville Head Coach Tom Collen. Collen posted an 87-37 record at Louisville from 2003-07 and took the Cardinals to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Western

-The Lady Toppers’ four seniors – forward Dominique Duck, forward Arnika Brown, guard Kenzie Rich and forward Jessica Magley – only totaled a combined 12 points against No. 10 Duke on Thursday.

-Western’s two freshmen, guards Courtney Clifton and Lashay Davis, nearly doubled that number with 21 combined points.

-The Lady Toppers last met Arkansas in 2005 when Western won 87-73 in Diddle Arena. Duck was the only current player who participated in that game, scoring 13 points.

-Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said that the team’s preparation would not change much from Duke to Arkansas because of their similarities.

“Arkansas is extremely athletic as well,” Cowles said after the Duke game. “Tomorrow’s game plan won’t be a whole lot different from today’s game plan. We’ve got to execute our offense.”

The Lady Toppers tip off at 4 p.m. CST today. Visit wkuherald.com after the game for a recap.

-Zach Greenwell

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Western-Duke: game notes

The Lady Toppers (3-0) will meet Duke tomorrow in the Caribbean Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.

The Blue Devils (3-1) are coming off a 57-44 win over UNC Charlotte at home on Monday and are ranked No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. A few game notes:

Duke

-Duke has four players who average double figures in scoring. The Blue Devils are led by junior guard Jasmine Thomas’ 13.5 points per game.

-Jasmine Thomas, senior guard Bridgette Mitchell, senior forward Joy Cheek and junior center Krystal Thomas are all averaging at least 10 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

-Duke’s lone misstep so far this season was a 95-77 road loss to No. 11 Texas A&M. The Aggies are off to a 3-0 start.

-The Blue Devils will look to utilize a dominant inside game. They are only shooting 20 percent from three-point range on the season, but they are shooting 49.8 percent from inside the arc and averaging 51.2 rebounds per game.

Western

-Senior forward Arnika Brown is averaging 12.7 points and 13 rebounds per game this season. She had 15 points and 13 rebounds in Western’s 59-56 loss to Duke last year in Diddle Arena.

-Junior guard Amy McNear was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. McNear scored a career-high 28 points at South Dakota State on Sunday and is leading the team with 18.3 points per game. She’s also averaging 5.7 assists and four rebounds per game.

-Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said that the Lady Toppers cannot become too intimidated by the reputation of Duke, or the team’s Friday opponent, Arkansas.

“They’re not the teams that they are for nothing,” Cowles said. “They’re going to be very, very good, and it’s going to be a great environment to be in for women’s basketball. We’re just looking forward to the fact that we’re going there 3-0, and we’ll get ourselves ready to play by Thursday afternoon.”

The Lady Toppers will tip off at 5 p.m. CST tomorrow. Visit wkuherald.com after the game for a recap.

-Zach Greenwell

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Indiana State 64, Western 63 (Final)

Reed hit the first, missed the second and Slaughter’s tip at the other side had no shot.

I’ll be sure to have some post-game reactions at wkuherald.com.

-Jonathan Lintner

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Indiana State 63, Western 63 (0:00.1)

Rashad Reed heads to the line for two.

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Indiana State 63, Western 63 (0:00)

Jameson Tipping hit a desperation three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to tie.

ISU threw it in, and Western followed with a foul. Officials are discussing.

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Indiana State 63, Western 60 (0:14.1 2nd half)

A.J. Slaughter missed a three-point attempt and Western fouled on the other end.

Currently in another Western timeout. ISU’s Dwayne Lathan is at the line with another attempt.

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