Wright State 86, Lady Tops 66 – FINAL

Final: The Lady Toppers are outscored 57-29 in the second half and fall to 0-4 this season, including three losses at home.

More to come.

7:51, 2nd: This one has been a whirlwind. Down 45-41, Wright State goes on a 23-5 run to lead by as many as 14. They’re up by 11 now with 7:51 to go.

The Raiders are shooting 61.9% in the second half.

11:57, 2nd: It’s hard to believe with the way WKU has dominated inside, but Wright State now leads 50-48 with less than 12 minutes to go.

The Raiders have made 9 of 15 shots in the second half. The Lady Toppers are shooting just 31.3 percent for the game.

15:14, 2nd: The Lady Toppers are asserting themselves well in the post, but their defense has slacked a bit and Wright State’s within one.

WKU now outrebounding the Raiders 34-22, and Owens is having her way with 18 points and nine rebounds. Wright State has made 6 of 8 second-half shots.

Halftime: Wright State pulled within four points with an 8-0 run late in the first half, but the Lady Tops score the final four points of the half to take a 37-29 advantage into the locker room.

LaTeira Owens leads all scorers with 12 points, while Fothergill still has nine. The Lady Topper shot 33.3 percent from the field in the first half and outrebounded Wright State 27-18.

Turnovers also improved for WKU, as the Lady Tops turned the ball over nine times. Owens already has eight rebounds, while Johnson has seven.

3:36, 1st: The Lady Toppers lead 33-21 at the final media timeout of the first half.

LaTeira Owens now has six rebounds, and Jasmine Johnson also has six rebounds. Means has added three assists.

6:58, 1st: Wright State failed to guard Danay Fothergill on back-to-back outlet passes, and the freshman guard made the Raiders pay with consecutive 3s. WKU leads 25-13.

That’s an 8-0 run the Lady Toppers since Wright State cut it to 17-13. Fothergill leads WKU with 9 points on three 3-pointers.

11:48, 1st: WKU gets a 10-0 run and holds Wright State scoreless for nearly six minutes, but a 3-pointer brings the Raiders back within 14-8 at the 11:48 mark.

The Lady Toppers’ 14-5 lead at the end of the run was their largest of the season so far.

LaTeira Owens leads with 6 points. Guard Chaney Means has 4 rebounds. The Lady Toppers are outrebounding Wright State 14-6.

15:49, 1st: The Lady Toppers have an early 7-5 lead despite making 3 of their first 11 shots. Alexis Govan leads early with four points.

Pregame: There’s been a change to the starting lineup for WKU. Senior center Jasmine Johnson is starting in the No. 5 spot in place of senior forward Keshia Mosley, who had started every game so far.

The other four starters remain the same: G Chaney Means, G Alexis Govan, F Teranie Thomas and F LaTeira Owens.

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The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team will still be in search of its first win of the season tonight.

The Lady Toppers (0-3), playing their third home contest in their opening four games, host Wright State at 7 p.m. in E.A. Diddle Arena.

The game comes two days after WKU fell 80-54 to No. 8 Duke at home.

Wright State (2-0) will command plenty of the Lady Toppers’ attention. The Raiders won 20 games last season and were picked to finish third in the Horizon League in the preseason.

Senior forward Molly Fox has been Wright State’s go-to player in the post, averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds in the Raiders’ first two games. Freshman guard Kim Dennings is averaging 15 points and shooting 61 percent from the floor.

The Raiders have struggled mightily from 3-point range so far, but that hasn’t stopped them from taking the outside shot. They’ve made just 7 of 39 tries.

Perimeter shooting was a positive for WKU in its 26-point loss to Duke, which turned the Lady Toppers over 35 times. WKU struggled to established its post game Sunday but did make 8 of 12 3-pointers.

“They’re a really good team,” sophomore guard Chaney Means said of Duke. “Credit to them, they’re a good team. We just need to learn from this and see how we can get better in our passing and running our offenses. We talked in the postgame about coming back and having a good practice.

“Learning from this, but also getting ready and not dwelling on it. We don’t really have time to dwell on it.”

As always, I’ll have updates here on the blog and at http://www.twitter.com/zach_greenwell during the game.

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