Happy Sunday, everyone, even if it’s very early (1:15 a.m.) as I write this.
I wanted to share a few thoughts from tonight’s WKU women’s basketball opener, which ended up being a 67-62 loss to Towson in E.A. Diddle Arena.
So away we go:
1.) Lady Tops have to make shots in the post
The Lady Tops shot 32.9 percent for the game, making just 23 of 70 shots. But what was most concerning was that senior forwards Keshia Mosley and LaTeira Owens combined to go 7 of 24 from the floor.
Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said after the game that both inside and perimeter shooting needs to improve, but it starts in the post. WKU will be an inside-oriented team this season, and the Lady Toppers will have to be efficient down in the paint.
2.) Alexis Govan is very good
For the second straight outing, I came away impressed by freshman guard Alexis Govan. Govan finished Saturday with seven points, seven rebounds and five assists, playing 25 minutes off the bench.
I’ll be curious to see how WKU uses Govan moving forward. There’s an argument that she should be starting already, but there’s also something to be said for bringing her in as a spark off the bench.
No matter what, Govan is an athletic, versatile player that will have a good future.
3.) Too many turnovers
The Lady Toppers turned the ball over 21 times Saturday, allowing Towson to turn those miscues into 24 points.
Many of those turnovers came from WKU simply trying to play too fast, which largely boils down to having so many freshmen.
The newcomers are trying to do good things, but they need to slow things down and move the ball crisply. Towson’s 2-3 zone didn’t help, as the Lady Toppers didn’t adjust well to having the paint so clogged.
4.) WKU can rebound
WKU outrebounded Towson 51-31, and the Lady Toppers should win this battle in most games.
Owens is a fantastic rebounder, and Mosley can be when she puts her mind to it. But what’s been surprising so far has been the rebounding of the guards.
Govan and sophomore guard Chaney Means have been especially surprising, given their size.
5.) Crowd continues to dip
These crowd numbers have to be getting concerning to the WKU athletic department, and it’s an sub-story to watch this season.
Much was made last year after attendance numbers dropped into the 600s, with comparisons to the days when the Lady Tops could bring in 10,000.
Those days are gone, folks, and they’re gone for most women’s basketball programs in the country.
But by comparison, Middle Tennessee drew thousands for its opening exhibition game this year. The Lady Toppers got 948 in the house for their first regular season contest.
I’ll consider the attendance for WKU’s home game against national power Duke a good barometer for where support for this program stands.