MONROE, La. – Two Lady Toppers recorded double-doubles as WKU posted a 65-57 win over ULM to stay unbeaten in conference play on Thursday evening at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
With the win, WKU (4-1, 2-0) surpassed its total number of road wins from a year ago.
Sophomore Chastity Gooch became the first player in program history to open the season with five consecutive double-doubles, breaking the mark of Crystal Kelly, who opened the 2005-06 season with four consecutive double-doubles. Gooch is one of five players in the nation to record a double-double in every game this season. Gooch and freshman Jalynn McClain each had a double-double in the game, marking the first time since Jan. 4, 2012 that two Lady Toppers had recorded double-doubles in the same game. Gooch finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds while McClain had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Gooch also had seven steals, her second straight outing with at least six steals.
Leading 44-43 with 8:24 left, the Lady Toppers scored 11 straight points, including seven by sophomore Chaney Means, to take a 55-43 lead with just over six minutes remaining in the game. Means finished with a season high 13 points.
WKU used a 10-0 run in the opening half to break a 17-17 tie, keyed by five points by both Gooch and Alexis Govan, and take a 27-17 lead when the Lady Toppers held ULM without a point for 5:29. The Lady Toppers forced 23 first half turnovers, surpassing their best effort of the season of 21 forced turnovers late in the opening half. WKU scored 21 of their 29 first half points off turnovers, surpassing their season high before halftime. Shooting 47.6 percent in the opening stanza, ULM scored nine of the final 11 points of the first half to cut WKU’s double-digit lead to just three heading into the locker room at 29-26.
Govan finished with a game-high 19 points, hitting 7-of-19 from the field. She added four steals.
The Lady Toppers finished the game with 21 steals, just the 12th time in program history that WKU had recorded 20 or more steals in a game and the first since 1999.