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Lady Tops say Florida trip good change of pace before Sun Belt tourney

When senior forward Dominique Duck was asked about the Lady Toppers’ upcoming road trip to Florida Atlantic and Florida International this week, a big smile came across her face.

“We’re all excited to just get down into Florida and have fun with each other,” Duck said. “I think it’s really going to help the team bonding with this long trip late, right before Sun Belt.”

But the five-day trip is certainly more about business than it is about pleasure.

The Lady Toppers can secure a No. 3 seed in the Sun Belt Tournament and a first-round bye with a win Wednesday at FAU.

Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said she’s pleased that the players are looking forward to the trip – as long as they take care of business first.

“I’m glad to hear them say that, but at the same time, I think they’re also smart enough to know that we’ve got two basketball games that we need to take care of on this road swing,” Cowles said.

That’s not to say Cowles doesn’t want the Lady Toppers to have fun in Florida – because she knows they will.

“It is a lot of fun. It’s a great opportunity for them to spend some time together away from Diddle, where pretty much all you have is each other,” Cowles said. “And even though it’s a long basketball season, they do have a lot of fun together, whether it’s out at dinner, whether it’s in the hotel or finishing up a film session. They’re always picking on each other or kind of jabbing at each other.”

Western tips at 6 p.m. Wednesday at FAU.

-Zach Greenwell

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Lady Toppers eyeing 20-win regular season

The Lady Toppers (18-9, 12-4 Sun Belt Conference) have a chance to finish the regular season with 20 wins if they can grab two victories at Florida Atlantic and Florida International this week.

20-win seasons wouldn’t normally mean a lot to a program as traditionally successful as Western, but Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said that with last year’s disappointing 16-13 record, the benchmark could be a confidence booster this season.

“It seems like the 20 mark is kind of that magical number that people talk about within a season,” Cowles said. “Obviously, we would have liked to be 29-0 at this point – ending up the regular season. But again, two more wins is the momentum and confidence we need to continue with to end our regular season.”

Senior forward Dominique Duck admitted that reaching 20 wins in the regular season was one of the Lady Toppers’ preseason goals, but Cowles said the most important thing for the team now is how it finishes.

“Whether it puts us at 20, or whether it had put us at 25, to end the regular season on wins is where we want to position ourselves as we get our minds set to go into the postseason tournament,” Cowles said.

-Zach Greenwell

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Lady Toppers prep for ULM

Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles, senior forward Dominique Duck and junior guard Hope Brown spoke with the media Monday afternoon about the Lady Toppers’ upcoming game at Louisiana-Monroe on Wednesday.

Western (13-8, 7-3 SBC) was ousted from the Sun Belt Tournament last season by the Warhawks in a first-round game in Diddle Arena.

Senior forward Dominique Duck on consistency:

“I think we have a lot of momentum going for us, minus the Middle (Tennessee) game. We kind of regrouped after the Middle game and got a great win against North Texas, and we’re kind of just trying to keep that same energy and excitement going and keep the same positive attitude we’ve all had.”

On finding a way to maintain energy:

“We just need to come out ready to play ball when it’s tipped. I think that’s just one of the things we need to focus on going into practice today and the game Wednesday – just everybody being ready to play.”

Junior guard Hope Brown on Western’s postseason loss to ULM last year:

“It might have been my worst feeling. I couldn’t believe it when it happened, but like Dominique said, we have put in a lot of work, and we’re getting better every day, so going down there is going to be a great test.”

On what she remembers most about the Warhawks from that game:

“They climbed our back on the boards, and they play hard. We’ve got to come out ready to play no matter who we play, but this is one of the teams that does the little things just because they lack certain things.”

Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles on getting consistent effort each night:

“That’s got to be something that we learn from. No matter who our opponent is, we’ve got to be disciplined enough mentally to approach every game the same way, no matter if we’re home or on the road.”

On using last year’s game as motivation:

“I’m glad our players remember last year’s game, because it’s what kept us from going to Hot Springs. They were a very good basketball team last year, and they obviously are again this year … so I think our game plan going in is that we’re very prepared for what they can do. I hope if nothing else then the motivation of what we allowed to happen last year here on our home floor at the end of the season is the main reason our ladies are looking forward to this matchup.”

On whether or not the loss last season is being mentioned:

“I think it’s something within the players that they understand. Yeah, I’ve brought it up, I’ll go ahead and admit it, because that was just a real devastating loss that went along with the rest of a very difficult season.”

On the Warhawks’ rebounding prowess:

“With their ability to shoot from the outside, when they do miss, there’s going to be lots of long rebounds, and we’ve got to do a great job of boxing out. That’s been very evident on film – how strong they are and how hard they go to the boards. We struggled with that last year, so that’s something we simply have to take care of.”

On ULM guard Jesse Carrier, who is averaging 11.3 points per game:

“We’ve got to put a hand in the face of their shooters. Carrier’s proven herself to us – we’re very familiar with her. Carrier’s a great, great shooting guard, so we’ve got to know where she is on the perimeter.”

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Visit wkuherald.com after for a full recap.

-Zach Greenwell

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Lady Tops-Pittsburgh: game notes

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:

Pittsburgh

-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

-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.

-Zach Greenwell

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Three Lady Toppers named preseason all-Sun Belt

Seniors Arnika Brown, Dominique Duck and Kenzie Rich were each named to the preseason all-Sun Belt Conference team on Tuesday.

Brown, who led the Lady Toppers in scoring (14.4 points per game) and rebounding (11.6) last season, was named to the first team.

Duck earned second team honors, while Rich was named to the third team. Both have scored more than 1,000 points in their careers with the Lady Toppers.

Western is predicted to finish second in the Sun Belt’s East Division behind Middle Tennessee State. Arkansas-Little Rock is picked to win the West Division.

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Lady Toppers’ Black team wins scrimmage

The Black team defeated the Red 9-8 in their eight-minute scrimmage, not surprising since the Black team included probable starters Arnika Brown, Dominique Duck, Jessica Magley and Kenzie Rich. They’re holding a fan dance contest while the men’s team runs through warmup drills before their scrimmage.

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