Lady Toppers drop road contest at Oklahoma

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Western Kentucky women's basketball outscored Oklahoma 58-52 in the second half but it was not enough as the Sooners hold off the visiting Lady Toppers 90-83 Friday at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Despite a career-high 21 points from Dee Givens, the 38-25 halftime deficit was too much for WKU and they fall to 0-2 on the season.

The Lady Toppers had four players score in double figures, including Givens, Meral Abdelgawad (15), Raneem Elgedawy (14), and in her debut, Arame Niang scored 12.

“I felt like on offense we were being just a little more selfish instead of being unselfish,” Head coach Greg Collins shared. “Unfortunately right now our offense affects our defense and that showed in the first half. We played much better defense in the second half but I think that was the key. In the second half, we were able to get out and run a little bit, which was what we were trying to do.”

WKU returns home to Diddle Arena to take on its third-straight Power 5 opponent in Iowa. The sides met in an overtime thriller in Iowa City last season that saw the Hawkeyes claim a 104-97 shootout.