MUNCIE, Ind. — WKU erased a late first half deficit of 22 points to take a six-point lead midway through the second half, but were unable to maintain the lead, suffering an 85-77 setback to Ball State at Worthen Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Toppers trailed 38-16 after a pair of free throws with 39.4 seconds remaining in the first half, their largest deficit of the game, before going on a 39-17 run to tie the game at 55. The Lady Toppers tied the game at 55 on a free throw by redshirt freshman Kendall Noble and then took a 61-55 lead after senior Bianca McGee hit back-to-back three-point field goals to cap a 12-0 run.
“I am super proud of the comeback our team made in the second half,” said head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. “We made some turnovers and missed some shots at some crucial times late in the game when they hit some big shots, but I am really proud of the second half effort. We fought until the end. We should how tough and resilient we are capable of being during the second half.”
Junior guard Alexis Govan scored her 1,000th point late in the game, becoming the 34th member of WKU’s 1,000 Point Club. She is believed to be the seventh quickest player to reach the mark in program history. Govan hit 7-of-9 shots from the field to finish with 20 points and a career best eight assists. Govan became the first WKU player to record eight assists in a game since Amy McNear reached the mark on March 7, 2011 against Arkansas State.
In her return to her home state, McGee had a team-high 23 points, hitting five three-point field goals. Junior Chastity Gooch added 12 points and 13 rebounds while sophomore guard Micah Jones added 15 points.
Ball State freshman guard Jill Morrison hit 5-of-6 three-point field goals in the opening half and scored 19 points before the break to help the Cardinals to a 40-22 lead at the half. Ball State led by as many as 22 points in the opening half after shooting 55.0 percent from the field and hitting 5-of-8 three-point field goals in the opening stanza. The Cardinals’ advantage at the half was aided by a 9-of-34 shooting performance by the Lady Toppers in the opening 20 minutes, including 1-of-14 from behind the three-point arc.
COMING UP NEXT: The Lady Toppers return to E.A. Diddle Arena on Sunday, Dec. 15 to face Jackson State in the final home game of the 2013 calendar year. Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m. CT. Fans who bring a new toy to the game for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation will receive a complimentary reserved ticket to the game.
Season tickets and single-game tickets for 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.