Previewing Louisiana Tech: Lady Topper updates

Mary Taylor Cowles met with the media Thursday to discuss Monday’s home game against Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters, one of WKU’s main rivals, have started 2-4.

A few other notes discussed Thursday: Sophomore guard Chaney Means had surgery on her broken nose Thursday, which Cowles said went “great.” Cowles said Means will wear a custom face mask and won’t miss any time.

Freshman guard Danay Fothergill will still be out a few more weeks with a broken foot. Fothergill was on crutches for the BGSU game Tuesday. Cowles said the team doesn’t have an update on Fothergill, but the staff is “keeping their fingers crossed.” Cowles initially said last Friday that Fothergill would miss at least three weeks.

Green County senior guard Micah Jones, who signed her letter of intent with WKU in November, scored 42 points in the Dragons’ season-opening win over Barren County this week. The game was Jones’ first since tearing her ACL last season.

Some other thoughts from Cowles:

On playing four games in seven days:

“Trying to fit a 29-game schedule into a certain amount of time is extremely difficult, and we’re actually even short a game this year. It’s an opportunity to play some great competition and get back on the floor, work on things and get experience on the floor.”

On the current six-day break from games:

“It came at the right time, for sure. It let us go back to the drawing board and break some things down as we prepare for these next four.”

On the rivalry with Louisiana Tech:

“We’ve talked about it a lot. We’ve shown them games and talked about scores and highlights from the rivalry. They’re a very well-coached basketball. Coach (Teresa) Witherspoon is one of the best that’s every played the game. She’s grabbed ahold of that program and is a phenomenal coach.”

On the Lady Techsters:

“They’re always extremely athletic and a very talented rebounding team, from the days when I was on the sideline as an assistant. You could always count on Louisiana Tech to be a very aggressive rebounding team, and this year’s team is no different.”

“Very, very balanced. Bramble-Donaldson has experience and brings back a lot, but the Jones kid and (Bendolph) – those three individuals have the experience and talent. The reason you see the distribution is because they’re a team that understands their roles.”

On perimeter defense:

“That’s been a weakness of ours. Look what UAB did against us, look what Wright State did against us. We’ve got to do a better job of covering that 3-point line.”

On team morale through the rough start:

“If they had laid down on us and given up, then it would be a totally different story. But they haven’t.”

On mixing up the rotation and playing time:

“I think we’re looking and searching as a staff for what’s a good combination and who are the right people on the floor. I wouldn’t use the word ‘pleased’ with anybody right now. We’ve got to continue to put those combinations together and find what clicks for us at both ends of the floor.”

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