I spoke with WKU women’s basketball coach Mary Taylor Cowles on Wednesday, as the Lady Toppers prepare to play at Louisiana-Monroe at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
WKU (3-9) will be looking to improve to 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play after beating Florida International on Dec. 11.
The Lady Toppers will also be at full strength for the first time in more than a month. Cowles said freshman guard Danay Fothergill, who broke a bone in her foot in late November, will be available against ULM.
Senior forward Keshia Mosley will also be ready to go after serving a one-game suspension Dec. 21 at Texas Tech.
BGDN men’s basketball beat writer Chad Bishop will be covering Thursday’s game at ULM since the Hilltoppers play immediately following the women. For updates from the game, you can follow him at www.twitter.com/MrChadBishop.
Here are a few comments from Cowles:
On ULM center Larrie Williams and guard Elizabeth Torres:
“Even though Williams leads them in scoring, Torres is a great playmaker that knows how to distribute the ball and can also shoot the ball herself. Anytime you have a balance like that, it’ll be extremely important for us to be on our toes.”
On ULM’s strengths, despite 2-11 record:
“Their biggest strengths are their rebounding and their transition. They’re very good at getting the ball out and running the floor, and that includes their posts.”
On returning to conference competition:
“Our season is still doable, despite our record and how bad we’ve struggled in our nonconference. What we want to achieve is still there. We got a good start, but we’ve got to be ready every night in conference play. We can’t show up without our best game.”
On having three practices in two days since Christmas:
“They’ve been very positive. I think the break has good timing, but at the same time, they’re ready to be back.”