It was the third time this season that WKU has erased an eight point deficit or more to win with the 16-point deficit being the largest that WKU has overcome during the Michelle Clark-Heard era to win.
SAN JUAN, P.R. — Junior All-America candidate Alexis Govan stole the ball at midcourt and scored in the final seconds of regulation to give WKU a 57-55 win over Georgetown after trailing by as many as 16 points in the second half in the Puerto Rico Classic at Coliseo Guillermo Angulo in Carolina in San Juan.
Govan scored eight points in the final 3:16 to help WKU post the come-from-behind win. Govan finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
The Lady Toppers fell behind by 16 points early in the second half at 35-19 and 37-21 before making a big comeback to cut the Georgetown lead to five at 45-40. Senior guard Bianca McGee was a key part of the Lady Topper comeback, hitting four three-point field goals in the second half, including a three with 9.1 remaining to tie the game at 55, setting up Govan’s dramatic steal at halfcourt and basket to win the game.
It was the third time this season that WKU has erased an eight point deficit or more to win with the 16-point deficit being the largest that WKU has overcome during the Michelle Clark-Heard era to win. Overall, WKU has come from eight points or more down to win a game on eight occasions in the last two seasons.
In addition to Govan and McGee’s efforts, freshman center Bria Gaines excelled in the post for WKU – grabbing 12 rebounds and scoring 10 points. Junior Chastity Gooch also had nine points and nine boards. WKU shot 47.1 percent in the second half, including hitting five three-point field goals.
WKU started the game 1-of-10 from the field and fell behind double digits at 12-2 in the first four minutes of the game. The Lady Toppers fought back to cut the lead to two at 15-13 with a 11-3 run. WKU then continued its cold streak by failing to score just twice in the final nine-plus minutes of the opening half. The Lady Toppers shot just 18.9 percent in the opening half, hitting 7-of-37 attempts.
Despite the woes from the field, WKU took momentum in the locker room with a late basket by Govan in the final :30 of the half to trail 28-17 at the half after being outrebounded by just two at 30-28 and forcing Georgetown into just 31.8 percent shooting from the field.
WKU finishes non-conference play with an 8-3 record fort the second consecutive season. It is just the third time in the last 13 seasons that WKU has won at least eight non-conference games.
It is also the second straight year that WKU has swept a regular season invitational event. 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.
COMING UP NEXT: WKU returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 when the Lady Toppers face South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams. Tipoff is set for 1:05 p.m.
COMING UP NEXT IN E.A. DIDDLE ARENA: 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.