The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team (3-9) shot 22 percent from the field at No. 15 Texas Tech, while allowing the Lady Raiders to fire 53.7 percent in a 75-38 loss at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
“When we’d get open shots, their reaction to close out was quicker than what we’ve seen,” WKU coach Mary Taylor Cowles said. “I think we were a little rushed on some of our shots, but we had great shots. I don’t really know that I can call out bad shots that were taken.”
No player scored in double figures for WKU, which was paced by senior forward LaTeira Owens’ seven points. Texas Tech (10-0) had 11 players score, with six totaling at least seven points.
The Lady Raiders made 8 of 12 3-point shots in the game. The Lady Toppers missed all 11 of their attempts from behind the arc.
The Lady Raiders outscored the Lady Toppers 19-6 over the final 10:36 of the first half, taking a 35-16 lead into the break. WKU didn’t record its first field goal of the game until nearly six minutes had passed.
“The plays that we have – they work,” freshman guard Ileana Johnson said. “We just have to be able to finish.”
The Lady Toppers return to action Dec. 29, when they travel to Louisiana-Monroe. WKU began 1-0 in conference play with a home win over Florida International on Dec. 11.
“This is behind us,” freshman guard Alexis Govan said. “We’re in conference, and we’ve had a tough schedule. We’ve prepared, and when it comes to conference time, we’re going to be mad. All of the beatings that we’ve gotten, we’re going to take them out on someone else in conference.”
Mosley serves suspension
Cowles confirmed after Wednesday’s game that senior forward Keshia Mosley was suspended for the contest for a violation of team policy.
Mosley made the trip with the Lady Toppers and was on the bench, but not in uniform. Cowles declined to comment on the nature of the rule violation.
“When she’s playing and is consistent and strong, she’s difficult to guard,” Cowles said. “Had she been on her game and been on the floor in uniform, she could have been a very positive influence for us tonight.”
Mosley is expected to return for the Louisiana-Monroe game, Cowles said.
WKU may also have back the services of freshman guard Danay Fothergill, who’s been out since late November with a broken bone in her foot.
Fothergill is ready to go physically, Cowles said, but needs a few more days to return to a practice routine.