BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Texas State erased a 5-point halftime deficit to beat WKU 72-63 in E.A. Diddle Arena in the annual Play4Kay game on Saturday night.
Redshirt freshman Kendall Noble scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds to pace WKU, who shot just 37.3 percent for the game, including 29.6 percent in the second half.
WKU fell behind early before scoring 11 of the final 14 points of the first half to take a 31-26 advantage in the locker room. Texas State took to the free throw line early in the second half to cut into the lead, eventually taking a 39-38 lead on a free throw with 13:43 left in the half and never allowing the Lady Toppers closer than five the rest of the way after building a double digit lead.
The Lady Toppers held Texas State’s Ashley Ezeh in check with just two points, but Erin People had 17 points, Kaylan Martin had 15 points and Meghan Braeuer had 13 points.
WKU wore pink uniforms for the contest, collected funds to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and held a silent auction throughout the day to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007 from the vision of the organization's namesake Kay Yow, former NC State University head women's basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on January 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. Coach Yow believed strongly that coaches share not only a community, but should also share in a cause much larger than the game. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported more than $2.6 million in women's cancer research and related projects. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.Play4Kay.org.
Yow's coaching career spanned more than 38 years, including 34 with NC State. She had a record of 737-344, which encompassed 20 NCAA championship bids, a Women's Final Four appearance in 1998 and four ACC Tournament championships. She also coached the U.S. Olympic women's team to a gold medal in 1988 and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the inaugural NC State Hall of Fame in October, 2012. Yow won the inaugural Jimmy V ESPNY for Perseverance award in 2007.
COMING UP NEXT: The Lady Toppers take to the road for a challenging two-game swing in the state of Arkansas, traveling to Arkansas State on Wednesday, Feb. 5 for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff followed by a date with UALR in Little Rock, Ark. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:00 p.m. CT.
COMING UP NEXT IN E.A. DIDDLE ARENA: Following the two-game swing to Arkansas, WKU returns home for a three-game homestand. The Lady Toppers open with Troy on Feb. 12 at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Feb. 15 game against South Alabama at 2:00 p.m. The game with Troy is Fan Apprecitation Night at E.A. Diddle Arena with fans able to purchase game tickets for just $5. The game with South Alabama will mark the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day at WKU. Girls in grades three through eight can participate in a gameday clinic. Registration is now open through the women’s basketball page on WKUSports.com at http://bit.ly/1a8jLO0. WKU closes the homestand with a contest against ULM on Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. in conjunction with the annual Critter Classic. All three games during the homestand will be available nationally on television through ESPN3 via the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network.
Single-game tickets for the remainder of the 2013-14 season are currently available for purchase by contacting the WKU Ticket Office. For more information, visit www.wkusports.com, call 1-800-5-BIG-RED or visit the ticket office in E.A. Diddle Arena.
Tickets for the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Sun Belt Basketball Tournament are also on sale through the WKU Ticket Office. Each ticket book contains eight tickets. There are a total of eight sessions, with sessions 1-6 including two games and session seven being the Women's Championship and session eight being the Men's Championship. The ticket price is $99 and seats are general admission.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE LADY TOPPERS: For complete information on Lady Topper Basketball, visit www.wkusports.com, follow the program on Instagram via “LadyTopperHoops” or follow the program on Twitter via @LadyTopperHoops. The official twitter hashtag of the 2013-14 season for Lady Topper Basketball is #ClimbingTheLadder.