BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - WKU won its sixth consecutive game and 20th of the season on Wednesday night as the Lady Toppers recorded a 80-71 win at E.A. Diddle Arena on Senior Night. WKU can now clinch the second seed in the upcoming Sun Belt Conference Championships with a win on Saturday to close out the season.
WKU (20-8, 12-5) used a big 20-2 run in the opening 10 minutes of the game to jump ahead 24-8 and led by double digits for most of the ballgame. During the span, WKU posted two runs of 10-0 and later added a third run of 8-0 to bring their total of 8-0 runs to 17 during the current six-game winning streak.
Chastity Gooch had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Toppers. It was her 35th career double-double and ninth of the 2013-14 season. Freshman Kendall Noble also had 17 points, also adding four rebounds, five steals and two blocks while hitting 8-of-10 free throw attempts. Senior Bianca McGee added 14 points while sophomore guard Micah Jones rounded out the WKU players in double figures with 10.
Louisiana-Lafayette (14-14, 7-10) pushed the Lady Toppers late, closing within eight in the final minute of the game after WKU had built a lead of 18 earlier in the second half. WKU forced 19 turnovers, resulting in 21 points, and held Louisiana-Lafayette to just 5-of-19 from behind the three-point arc.
WKU hit just 3-of-10 three-point field goals in the game, but converted 33-of-42 free throws, The 33 made free throws were tied for the seventh most made in a game in program history.
Prior to the game, WKU honored McGee and senior Chaney Means in the final career home game of the regular season. The duo have been key in WKU reaching the 20-win mark for the second straight year.