WKU Rolls Over Georgia State 80-59 in Home Conference Opener

 The Lady Tops record improves to 10-4.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU hit 13-of-14 shots to open the second half, including 3-of-3 from behind the three-point arc, and coasted to a 80-59 win over Georgia State during the Spread the Red Education Game at E.A. Diddle Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

In all, 2,692 fans, including over 2,100 area school children from around the area, saw the Lady Toppers dismantle the Panthers for the largest conference win of the Michelle Clark-Heard era at WKU.

“It was awesome,” said Clark-Heard. “I think our players were really excited when they came out and actually I was really impressed when I came out to do my pre-game radio show and saw all the kids coming in and they were all screaming already. It was awesome and I’m really thankful that we have the opportunity to do that.”

Junior All-America candidate Chastity Gooch had a game-high 18 points and added six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 27 minutes to continue her torrid pace to begin Sun Belt Conference play. Gooch is averaging 24.7 points per game in SBC play through three games.

Gooch was one of five WKU players in double figures as Micah Jones (14 points), Kendall Noble (career high 13 points), Bianca McGee (13 points) and Bria Gaines (10 points) all reached double figures.

The Lady Toppers jumped on top early, taking a 8-3 lead as senior guard Bianca McGee scored six of WKU’s first eight points. Later in the half, an 13-3 run by the Lady Toppers helped WKU secure its first double-digit lead of the game at 30-17 following a Gooch basket with 5:08 left in the half.

WKU settled for an 11-point advantage at 41-30 at the intermission.

It was the first 9:24 of the second half that WKU saw its lead balloon as WKU hit 13-of-14 shots to open the half to expand the 41-30 lead to 75-42 with a 34-12 run to open the half. During the stretch, the Lady Toppers hit all three of their three point attempts, including two by sophomore guard Micah Jones and one from McGee. WKU shot 55.6 percent in the second half.

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