McDonald wants to win one for the fans

Thursday night’s game against South Alabama is hyped for Senior Night Ceremonies.

But coach Ken McDonald is putting Western’s fans at the forefront, as a second matchup with the Jaguars also marks the Toppers’ final home game of the 2009-2010 season — a season that’s featured a few more home losses than fans are used to.

“This is the last opportunity for fans to be in Diddle and walk away with an opinion, and we want that to be a positive opinion,” McDonald said.

A loss to Indiana State last November snapped Western’s 15-game winning streak at Diddle Arena, and since then, the Toppers have gone 10-3 — peaking at home with a five-game winning streak through the end of December and early January.

McDonald said Western has some work to do to stay in fans’ good graces, and that could start against South Alabama.

“They could walk out of here with a sense of pride about this year’s team, and that probably hasn’t been the case at times — we haven’t played hard enough” McDonald said. “I’ve always said that we’re going to put a product on the court that you’re proud of being a fan of WKU. Unfortunately, I can’t say that’s been the case all the time, and I take the blame for that.”

Jonathan Lintner

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