BOWLING GREEN, Ky Junior All-America candidate Chastity Goochhas been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday by the Sun Belt Conference offices.
Gooch has had one of the most dominant stretches of her career over WKU's last four games, averaging 21.5 points and 10.3 rebounds over the stretch, including 28.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in two Sun Belt Conference games to open the league schedule.
It is the second time this season and third time in her career that Gooch has been named the league's player of the week. Gooch earned the honor on Nov. 19 this season and in Nov. 20 last season.
Gooch also helped WKU post a 2-0 record in the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic, including an improbable 16-point comeback against Georgetown, as she scored nine points and nine rebounds while playing superb defense against a much large team from Georgetown. She had 21 points and seven rebounds in the blowout of Belmont on the island. Gooch opened Sun Belt Conference play with a flurry, scoring 26 points and grabbing nine rebounds against South Alabama. She added three blocks and three steals in the game as well. She followed up her best outing of the season with the best outing of her career against Troy. Gooch had 30 points and 16 rebounds, a new career best in points and a tie for the best mark of her career on the boards, as WKU coasted to a 86-69 win, holding Troy to its third fewest points of the season.
Gooch's dominance has been seen all over the court as she hit 5-of-8 from behind the three-point arc of WKU's last four games, opening up opportunities around the floor for teammates.
Gooch is the only Sun Belt Conference player in the league to score 25 points in both games during the opening week of conference season and the first player in WKU history to score at least 25 points in each of the first two Sun Belt Conference games of the season.
WKU returns to the floor this week when the Lady Toppers face first-time foe Georgia State at 11:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday morning in the third Spread the Red Education Game. Over 2,100 area school children from the Bowling Green Independent School District and schools from Glasgow and Logan Co., among others, including students in grades K-8, will be in attendance for this year's Spread the Red Education Game.