The Lady Toppers (2-7) visit Illinois State at 7 p.m. tonight, a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3.com for those that want to watch.
I spent some time Friday afternoon looking at WKU’s statistics, checking to see how they measure up to the rest of the Sun Belt Conference and the country.
There are some positives in this stuff, as well as some very concerning numbers. Here’s a look at all of it:
SCORING OFFENSE – The Lady Toppers are tied for seventh out of 12 teams in the Sun Belt in offensive output, averaging 58.1 points per game.
SCORING DEFENSE – Ranked 11th in the Sun Belt, allowing opponents to score an average of 69.8 points per game.
3-POINT SHOOTING % – Ranked second in the Sun Belt, shooting 36.1 percent from 3-point range. As of Dec. 4, that ranked 41st in the nation.
3-POINT SHOOTING DEFENSE – No secret that this has been a weakness for the Lady Tops. They’re tied for 10th in the Sun Belt while allowing teams to shoot 38.6 percent from behind the arc, but no team in the conference has given up more 3-pointers (66). As of Dec. 4, that had them ranked 328th out of 336 Division I teams nationally.
REBOUNDING – WKU is third in the SBC in rebounding, pulling down 43.7 boards per game. The program leads the league in rebounding margin and is ranked 22nd in the country in the same category.
TURNOVERS – The Lady Toppers are ranked last in the Sun Belt in turnover margin, committing more than seven miscues more per game than their opponents. As of Dec. 4, they were ranked 332nd out of 336 teams in the same category.
INDIVIDUAL NUMBERS – The Lady Tops have no players in the top 15 in scoring in the Sun Belt, although senior forward LaTeira Owens comes in at 17th with 10.4 points per game. Owens is also third in the league and tied for 52nd nationally in rebounding (8.7). Senior forward Keshia Mosley is second in the SBC in offensive rebounds behind MTSU’s Ebony Rowe.
I’ll try to have some postgame comments from coach Mary Taylor Cowles and players after tonight’s game at Illinois State.