Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team held Morehead State to just four second-half field goals, and outscored the Eagles 34-18 in the final 20 minutes to pick up a 64-42 win Tuesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.
WKU improved to 5-2 with the victory, while Morehead dropped to 1-5.
Leading by just six at intermission, WKU traded baskets with Morehead to open the second period, but then got a layup from Charlotte Marshall to spark an 11-0 run that opened up a 43-26 lead less than five minutes into the half. After getting their first field goal of the half from Afton Perry at the 18:14 mark, the Eagles did not hit another shot from the floor until a Perry layup at the 9:39 mark.
WKU stretched its lead to 20 for the first time in the contest when Brooke Faulkner knocked down a jumper to make it 53-33 with 6:30 to go. The lead got as high as 24 twice in the final minute before Candyce Flynn accounted for the final bucket of the game to cut the margin to 22 points.
For the game, the Lady Toppers held Morehead State to just 22 percent shooting from the floor — the lowest opponent field-goal percentage since South Alabama also shot 22 percent back on Feb. 27, 1999.
The Lady Toppers hit only one of their first 10 shots from the field, and finished at 28.1 percent from the floor in the first half. Crystal Kelly provided a bulk of the offense for the Lady Toppers in the opening 20 minutes as she finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, and connected on four three-point plays in the opening half.
After WKU scored the first six points of the contest, Morehead State got a layup from Chynna Bozeman at the 16:33 mark to spark a 9-0 Eagle run as they held the Lady Toppers scoreless for nearly five minutes. Two straight three point plays by Kelly gave the Lady Toppers a 15-12 lead as they were able to hold Morehead without a field goal for over five minutes, opening up a 25-17 lead on a pair of Kelly free throws with 4:23 remaining before intermission. WKU opened up its biggest lead of the period when a Kelly layup with just under a minute remaining stretched the advantage to 30-21, but Bozeman knocked down a three in the closing seconds to cut the lead down to six at halftime.
Despite playing just eight minutes in the second half, Kelly finished the night with a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. Faulkner also scored in double figures off the bench as she dropped in 10 points — eight of which came in the second half — and also pulled down a career-high six rebounds. Bozeman paced the Eagles with 13 points, while Perry dropped in 12.
The Lady Toppers will head back on the road for the first of two straight games against teams from the SEC. WKU will meet instate rival Kentucky at 6 p.m. (CST) on Friday (Nov. 30) at Rupp Arena in Lexington.