Sorry for not passing any of this along earlier, but unfortunately I had to produce that pesky newspaper last night. Anyhow, here’s some info from WKU’s loss to UAB yesterday, as well as postgame comments.
The Lady Toppers (1-5) turned the ball over 26 times in a 58-36 loss to Alabama-Birmingham Saturday, dropping their final game at the UAB Thanksgiving Classic in Birmingham, Ala.
WKU shot 31.1 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from the free-throw line. The Lady Toppers were limited to 19 percent shooting in the second half, scoring 14 points after the break.
Meanwhile, the Blazers (3-2) had seven turnovers in the game and converted the Lady Toppers’ miscues into 23 points.
Johnson led WKU in scoring with seven points, also adding five rebounds. Four Lady Toppers finished with at least three turnovers.
WKU closed to within 32-27 four minutes into the second half on a layup by senior forward Teranie Thomas, but UAB took its first double-digit lead of the game with a 9-0 run.
The Lady Toppers scored nine more points after that, going without a field goal for almost seven minutes late in the game.
Senior forward LaTeira Owens finished with five points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while senior forward Keshia Mosley added five points and four rebounds in 15 minutes. Mosley didn’t play until the second half.
Sophomore guard Chaney Means, who played three minutes in Friday’s win over Samford after getting hit in the nose early, played two minutes Saturday while wearing a protective mask on her face. Means hasn’t been to a doctor for X-rays yet, Cowles said, but will likely see one Monday.
The Lady Toppers return to the court at 6 p.m. Tuesday as they visit Bowling Green State.
A few comments from coach Mary Taylor Cowles, Johnson and sophomore guard Ellen Sholtes:
“We didn’t have control. We didn’t take care of the ball tonight, and we didn’t have an offense going. We were just trying to outplay them, and it didn’t work our way.”
“We know each other’s roles, but we’re trying to play it out. We’re still figuring out each other’s strengths and weaknesses right now, and it’s kind of hard when you’re mixing a lot of freshmen with upperclassmen.”
Mary Taylor Cowles
“When we have that many turnovers, we’re just taking opportunities away on the offensive end. It’s very difficult with 26 turnovers to win a ballgame. We only got 45 shot attempts, and if we get even 10 of those back from turnovers, it’s a different game.”
“It’s extremely frustrating. We have to make easy shots that we earn. A possession can only be so good if it doesn’t end in a made basket.”
“We’ve just got to be big and strong and step up to the battle. We need to have an attitude about us, and we don’t have that right now. We just don’t. We’re not experiencing anything that every other team in the country isn’t going through. We’ve got to make those adjustments and move on.”
“It ultimately falls back on us as a team. It wasn’t one specific player, and their pressure forced us into some turnovers. We’ve just got to work on that because I’m sure teams will see it on film and try to do it to us in the future.”
“We’re getting a feel for each other, and sometimes it gets hard. But we’ve got to keep working on it in practice, know what each person can do and take advantage of it.”