BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Following a 78-75 win over Austin Peay on Saturday to open the season, WKU travels south towards the bright lights and home of country music to face Vanderbilt in Nashville at Memorial Gymnasium on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Just two days after the win, WKU's eyes turn to Nashville and the Commodores. WKU is looking for its first win in Nashville over Vanderbilt since the 1998-99 season when WKU posted a win in overtime on New Years Eve. Last season, WKU led the Commodores at halftime by one before Vanderbilt hit the first 11 shots it took in the second half and survived a trip to E.A. Diddle Arena with a 76-66 win over WKU. Vanderbilt shot 31-of-49 from the field, a 63.3 percent clip in the contest.
“They’ve got two freshmen that are really good, that are playing a lot for them,” said head coach Michelle Clark-Heard of the Commodores. “They have a lot of returners. They have Lister, the point guard that’s really good. They have an unbelievable freshman that was a high school All-American that plays in the post. So, it’s going to be a big challenge for us. I think they’ll play their match-up zone, just like they always do. They’ll play, I think, probably 60 to 70 percent zone and then some man.
“We have been preparing. You have to practice and prepare and try to be ready because it’s such a quick turnaround. We’re going to have to follow our scout very well. We’ll go in with a game plan and try to get as many open shots as we can off of different things. Just try to change up our defenses so that we get an opportunity to have the chance to be in the ball game.”
WKU erased a 12-point deficit in the season opener to get the win over the Lady Govs despite shooting just 34.2 percent from the field for the game. The inside play of junior All-America candidate Chastity Gooch (15 points, 15 rebounds) and senior guard Bianca McGee (21 points off the bench in 30 minutes) allowed the Lady Toppers to escape with the win.