Lady Tops beats ULL on Education Day – postgame comments

The Lady Toppers improved to 2-1 in Sun Belt play Wednesday with a 49-45 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on the second annual Spread the Red Education Day at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU withstood a late run by the Ragin’ Cajuns and got a huge second-half effort from senior Keshia Mosley. The forward scored 19 of WKU’s 22 points after the break, finishing with a career-high 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Here are postgame comments from coach Mary Taylor Cowles, senior forward Keshia Mosley and senior guard Vanessa Obafemi:

Mary Taylor Cowles

“I think the saying, ‘A win’s a win’ comes in play on this. After what we experienced last week on the road, I told our basketball team that I was very proud of them today because we found a way to hold on to this. It was not a very pretty game. We didn’t play a great basketball game, but we won.”

On Mosley’s second half:

“It was phenomenal. That’s a production out of Keshia Mosley that she’s very capable of putting up. That’s something we should get from Keshia Mosley.”

“We thought we could score inside. I didn’t think we were being very physical in the first half. I thought we were being a little soft in the paint. We discussed that at halftime, using our strength. My quote to Keshia was, ‘You’re the strongest player on the floor in this game, and you need to act like it.'”

On the play of Obafemi:

“Vanessa’s not really played well, and she knows that. I put a personal challenge to her this week … and she allowed that to carry over into game time. She did some things that were very big for us.”

On Education Day:

“The benefit from it all is that you get a bunch of students that get to come to our college campus. I didn’t realize how many of our local students don’t have the opportunity to come on our campus. If nothing else, for them to say they’ve been on a college campus … it’s a huge plus on our part.”

On LaTeira Owens playing only three minutes in the second half:

“At this point, we’re searching and we’ve got to have production. We the way Keshia produced – Teranie was very positive for us – when you’re coaching a basketball game, you’ve got to go with who’s producing for you.”

Keshia Mosley

On her second half:

“I know Coach Cowles and the team stressed at halftime that we had to make layups and rebound. That was the main thing I was trying to do for the team to win the game.”

“I was just focusing more. We stress making layups in practice, and I was just focusing more on that.”

On Education Day:

“We love the crowd. There’s nothing better than having a bunch of kids come out and watch you play.”

Vanessa Obafemi

On Mosley’s day:

“I was really proud of Keshia. She stepped up big time. We needed her, obviously.”

On both teams’ sluggish start:

“I’m not sure if it was good defense or bad offense. I guess we just had to get warmed up a little bit, but our defense fed into our offense. Once we got some steals, we got some easy points.”

On withstanding ULL’s late run:

“We learned from our loss to Monroe that we have to keep our intensity up and not let down. We definitely didn’t want a repeat of that game.”

On being 2-1 in conference:

“We still have 12, 13 more conference games. We think we’re in good position to win those and have a good spot for the conference tournament.”

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