AUBURN, Ala. – After erasing a double-digit deficit and winning in overtime against East Carolina on Thursday, WKU takes to the road to face Auburn in the second round of the 2013 Women’s NIT in Auburn, Alabama on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. CT. The Lady Toppers ended a five-year postseason wins drought by defeating ECU 88-77 on Thursday night as Alexis Govan’s three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime.
With 2013 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Michelle Clark-Heard at the helm, the Lady Toppers own one of the nation’s best turnarounds in 2012-13. WKU’s 13 win improvement over the 2011-12 season is the largest in Sun Belt Conference history as WKU turned a 9-21 mark into a 22-10 record entering the WNIT second round. WKU’s eight win improvement in conference play from five wins to 13 wins is tied for the largest in league history. The Lady Toppers also became the first team in Sun Belt Conference history to win 20 games in the season following a year in which the team won less than 10 games earlier this season.
The Lady Toppers have been road warriors in the 2012-13 season, winning 10-of-14 contests that they have played and 12-of-17 they have played away from home. WKU was just 1-13 on the road a year ago. WKU reached 10 road wins in 2012-13 with a 77-58 win over Louisiana on Feb. 23, 2013. It marked the first time since the 1990-91 season, the year after head coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s final year as a WKU player, that WKU had reached 10 wins on the road, a span of 21 seasons without reaching the mark.