Lady Tops 84, KWC 59, FINAL

Final: The Lady Toppers outscore KWC 47-28 in the second half, cruising to an exhibition win. Owens leads the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Mosley finishes with 20.

Freshman guard Alexis Govan has 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, while sophomore Chaney Means had 5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Teranie Thomas had seven points, and Chasity Gooch had 6 points and 4 rebounds.

All 15 players on the roster played, and 11 different players scored.

I’ll have more in a little bit after postgame interviews.

3:52, 2nd: The Lady Toppers have this one in hand, and several younger players are getting a chance to make a splash now.

Owens has 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Mosley has 20 points. Freshman guard Alexis Govan has eight points, and Chasity Gooch has six.

7:33, 2nd: LaTeira Owens has a double-double now with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Lady Tops lead 65-51. Mosley also has 18 points, and Means has seven rebounds.

11:06, 2nd: WKU has given up four 3-pointers this half, but the Lady Toppers have been able to maintain a 14-point lead. They’re out-rebounding KWC 32-21.

15:24, 2nd: The Lady Tops open the second half on a 13-6 run, sparked by Keisha Mosley. The forward now has 16 points, as does LaTeira Owens.

Half: The Lady Tops kept up the game of streaks with an 8-0 run before the break, taking a 37-31 lead at halftime.

LaTeira Owens leads the game with 14 points and five rebounds, while Mosley has 10 points. Guard Chaney Means also has five rebounds.

The Lady Toppers played 12 different players in the first half, 10 of which recorded at least seven minutes. WKU shot 44.8% from the field and out-rebounded KWC 22-14. The Panthers shot 39.4%.

2:42, 1st: The Lady Tops have gotten improved play inside from Keisha Mosley, who has 10 points, but they still trail KWC 31-29 near the half.

The Panthers are shooting 46% from the field, while WKU is shooting 48%. The Lady Toppers have nine turnovers to seven assists.

7:54, 1st: WKU is back in front now, 21-17, after a 9-0 burst that spanned a little more than two minutes. LaTeira Owens paved the way, scoring seven points during the run. She now leads all scorers with 10 points.

11:25, 1st: The Lady Toppers are still having problems with KWC’s halfcourt offense and trail 13-12. After two backdoor baskets by KWC, Cowles called a timeout to discuss rotation on defense.

Keisha Mosley leads WKU with four points but has three turnovers. The Lady Tops have six total.

15:58, 1st: The Lady Toppers have looked sloppy on offense and trail Kentucky Wesleyan 7-4 at the first media timeout. WKU has also had trouble handling the screens in KWC’s offense.

The Lady Tops have four turnovers early.

Pregame: WKU’s starting lineup: G Chaney Means, G Vanessa Obafemi, F Teranie Thomas, F LaTeira Owens and F Keisha Mosley.

That lineup features four of the team’s five seniors and one sophomore. We’ll have to see which of the seven freshmen figure into the mix today. All 15 players on the roster are present and accounted in uniform.

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The Lady Toppers open their season at 2 p.m. today, when they host Kentucky Wesleyan for an exhibition game at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU ran through a closed intrasquad scrimmage last weekend, Cowles said, but today’s game will be the only exhibition before the Lady Toppers host Towson on Saturday in the regular-season opener.

“It’s an opportunity for us to play somebody different than ourselves every day in practice,” Cowles said. “That helps to get a true measure of where we are. And then just to be able to get out there in a game atmosphere, with fans in the stands, referees and the lights on.”

The game against KWC, which finished 17-10 last season and made the program’s first trip to the Division II NCAA Tournament, will be the first for seven Lady Topper freshmen.

The Lady Toppers graduated 55.5 percent of their scoring, 41.9 percent of their rebounding and 75.8 percent of their assists from last year, meaning plenty of playing time is up for grabs.

Kentucky Wesleyan returns 10 players who averaged at least 12 minutes per game last season. Senior center Katie Behrens and senior forward Kristen Rowe both averaged more than 10 points per contest last year.

I’ll post along some updates during the game on this blog post, but you can get more up-to-date updates at http://www.twitter.com/zach_greenwell.

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