The Lady Toppers enjoyed their best offensive outing of the season Tuesday night, notching a 71-58 win over Tennessee Tech at E.A. Diddle Arena.
WKU’s 71 points was a season high, as was its 54.5 percent shooting from the floor. The win improved the Lady Tops to 6-12 and was their fifth straight victory at home.
Senior forward Keshia Mosley scored 22 points in 19 minutes off the bench, while senior forward LaTeira Owens added 11 points and 15 rebounds.
WKU returns to action at 2 p.m. Sunday at home against Arkansas-Little Rock.
Look for plenty more in Wednesday’s BGDN, but here are some quotes from Mosley, freshman guard Alexis Govan and coach Mary Taylor Cowles:
On her strong game:
“I stayed around after shootaround this morning, just trying to get a lot of shots in. I know that I personally have been missing a lot of layups, so I wanted to focus on that more.”
On shutting down TTU guard Tacarra Hayes:
“We didn’t let one person dictate the game for us. She had 14, so we kept her under her average. It was a team thing. We all knew what we had to come out and do.”
On outrebounding TTU 44-26:
“It was tough, but we got it done. We like rebounding, guards and posts. It’s fun seeing all of us trying to get rebounds.”
On returning from a tough road trip:
“It’s good to be back at home. It feels so much better to be here, and then winning a game at your house – it’s just so much better.”
On the play of Govan:
“She’s fast – speedy. Every second, she’s either getting a steal or a layup. It’s something else.”
On having a good offensive night:
“”It’s exciting. If you couldn’t tell from the energy, we were all excited. The emotion was the best I’ve ever seen it.”
On WKU’s 40 bench points:
“When we sub, we don’t lose much. Our energy stays the same and increases and gets better. Our bench is just as good as our starting five. Looking at us in practice, you can tell that. Tonight was a good night to show that.”
Mary Taylor Cowles
On Paul Sanderford’s belief that scoring 70 points creates a good opportunity to win:
“That continues to be proven over and over as I’ve gone through my coaching career. He’s right. Seventy points is a lot of points to score. I don’t know if it was the defense that sparked the offense or vice versa, but I liked both ends of the floor tonight.”
On shutting down TTU guards Tacarra Hayes and Jala Harris:
“We put that in front of our team and said, ‘Neither one – don’t let them get their average.’ Hayes is a very good player and we weren’t as familiar with Harris … but our team stepped up to the challenge. They didn’t want to be embarrassed again.”
On Mosley’s play:
“It’s the best game she’s played since I’ve had the honor to coach her in a WKU uniform. She was very effective, and the way she did it – she didn’t settle for shots right in the block against the big girl. Her ball-handling skills and first step are good. She utilized that.”
On returning home with a good win:
“I keep believing that there will be a time when we all start clicking, and when we do, I think this basketball team has a really good chance.”
“I think this shows them what they’re capable of after a long week of challenges that ended in two losses. To get back as late as we did on Monday, preparing for a team we knew beat us on Dec. 7 at their place. It came at such a great time.”
On taking Wednesday off:
“I told them when they leave their apartment or dorm, to not look in the direction of Diddle Arena – look opposite. Since we brought them back on Dec. 26, our travel day from Denver to Dallas was the first day off, if you call a travel day a day off. Tomorrow is a day off. I said, ‘Don’t step foot in Diddle, don’t look in Diddle, don’t come this direction.’ After that, we’ll be ready to go and it’s business as usual.”