Early Run Propels WKU Over Jackson State 83-48

 Freshman Bria Gaines led the Lady Tops with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — An early 23-2 run helped key a WKU blowout on Sunday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena as the Lady Toppers rolled over Jackson State 83-48.

“I was very happy with the way we started out,” said head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. “Just to have the opportunity to jump on the team and work on some different things. I was proud of the team for the way we came out of the locker room.”

Freshman center Bria Gaines had a game high 15 points and added 12 rebounds, both career highs, as Gaines recorded the first double-double of her career. Junior forward Chastity Gooch also posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Alexis Govan added 13 points as she extended her streak of scoring in double figures in consecutive games to 45, the second longest active streak in the nation and third longest at WKU since the start of the 2000-01 season.

“I’m really excited for (Bria Gaines) because she needed a breakout game like this,” said Clark-Heard. “She’s been doing really good in practice and having spurts. Her confidence, you could see it as the game started to go more and more. She was running a little faster, catching passes, and being aggressive.”

COMING UP NEXT: The Lady Toppers return to action on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 when WKU travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico to face Belmont in the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic. 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.

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.

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