SAN JUAN, P.R. — Nearly 2,000 miles away from home, Lady Topper Basketball begins play Friday in the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic, facing Belmont in their event opener. Tipoff is set for 11:00 a.m. CT. WKU also faces off against Georgetown on Dec. 21 at 11:00 a.m. CT. in San Juan.
With a two-game sweep in Puerto Rico, WKU would equal its non-conference mark from the regular season a year ago at 8-3. WKU enters the weekend 6-3 in non-conference play. WKU is heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the second time in program history and first time since the 1993-94 season. WKU went 3-0 in 1993 at the San Juan Shootout, including a 78-62 win over SEC foe Ole Miss.
Last season, WKU won its only in-season tournament, claiming the title at the Wright State Invitational. It marked the first regular season invitational tournament championship for the Lady Toppers since the 1997-98 season when WKU won the Cancun Shootout by beating Long Beach State and Texas Tech in Cancun, Mexico. It was the 16th invitational tournament title in program history for WKU.
WKU is coming off a 83-48 win over Jackson State on Sunday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena. The Lady Toppers shot 60.0 percent in the first half and rolled to the easy victory behind three first half runs of 9-0 or better. Freshman Bria Gaines had the best outing of her career, posting her first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Junior All-America candidate Chastity Gooch added 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Toppers next game at E.A. Diddle Arena is Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 when WKU hosts Georgia State for the Third Spread the Red Education Game. Tipoff is set for 11:30 a.m. CT. Over 2,100 area school children are expected to be in attendance for the game. Tickets to the game are available for just $1 as part of the NCAA Pack the House Challenge through the WKU Ticket Office for the general public.
Single-game tickets for the remainder of the 2013-14 season are currently available for purchase by contacting the WKU Ticket Office. Individuals can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG-RED to learn more about season ticket opportunities, visit www.wkusports.com or visit the ticket office in E.A. Diddle Arena. A complete look at the 2013-14 schedule, including game times, is available at www.wkusports.com.