The Lady Toppers (5-5, 0-1 Sun Belt East) will try to bounce back from a Sunday road loss to Middle Tennessee when they host Pittsburgh tonight in Diddle Arena. A few game notes:
-The Panthers (9-1) are ranked No. 20 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll and are averaging 76.4 points per game.
-Pittsburgh has stumbled somewhat in its last two contests. After winning their first eight games by an average of 23 points, the Panthers followed their lone loss to Penn State by narrowly escaping Clarksville, Tenn., with a 76-75 overtime win over Austin Peay (3-8).
-The Panthers are led by junior guard Taneisha Harrison’s 15 points per game, but fellow junior guards Jania Sims (13.1) and Shayla Scott (12.1) also average double-digit figures in scoring. Junior forward Chelsea Cole is Pittsburgh’s strongest asset in the post and averages 8.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
-Pittsburgh relies heavily on its inside game, averaging over 43 rebounds per game and shooting 47 percent from the field.
-Western met the Panthers for the first time last season in a 93-50 loss in Pittsburgh. Of the returning players, Harrison led the way in that game with 13 points. Senior guard Kenzie Rich paced the Lady Toppers with 13 points.
-The Lady Toppers will hope to see improved play from newly eligible sophomore forward Keisha Mosley. The Purdue University transfer played her first game in a Western uniform against Middle Tennessee, but she recorded just two points and fouled out in six minutes of play.
-Western has benefited from the recently improved play of senior forward Dominique Duck. After averaging just 6.2 points and four rebounds through the team’s first six games, Duck has averaged 12.3 points and 7.3 rebounds over the Lady Toppers’ last four contests and has recorded two consecutive double-doubles.
Western will tip off at 5:30 p.m. CST and will be followed by the men’s game against Murray State at 8 p.m. Visit www.wkuherald.com for recaps of both contests later tonight.