Lady Tops get ready for SBC-leading MTSU

We met with the Lady Toppers on Tuesday to discuss Wednesday’s game at 7 p.m. at Middle Tennessee.

WKU has dropped six straight conference games and seven consecutive games in the series with MTSU. The game will be broadcast Wednesday on ESPN3.com.

Here are some thoughts on the 19-5 Lady Raiders from coach Mary Taylor Cowles, senior center Jasmine Johnson and sophmore guard Chaney Means:

Mary Taylor Cowles

On challenge at MTSU:

“They’re playing extremely well. We’re not playing very good basketball. It’s a matter of what mentality we take in there and understanding the game plan.”

On dealing with struggles:

“I do think our team is hungry and searching. It doesn’t matter who our opponent is at this point in the season. We’re trying to figure ourselves out.”

On MTSU’s strengths:

“(Jones) has proven to be a scorer and an offensive threat for them. She’s got some experience, and it shows. Their inside game goes three-deep and is very strong. You have to be aware of all of them. There’s nobody that you can play off of or take it easy with.”

On trying to keep positivity:

“Nobody in this program knows how to respond to 6-16. But what we do know how to do is work and continue fighting. Nobody has decided that this is done or over.”

“If it went sour or really negative, it could obviously be worse than it is.”

On not talking that much about the rivalry:

“Getting prepared is half of it. Now we just have to get it done. That’s where we are right now. We’re in games. We’ve played well at times, we’ve not played well at times, we’ve been ahead, we’ve lost leads. We just need to put an entire game together and do it consistently.”

Jasmine Johnson

On MTSU’s Ebony Rowe:

“I didn’t think she was going to be what she is today. We saw her when she used to play here, and I thought she was good, but I didn’t think she was that good. She’s very impressive.”

On letting leads slip away:

“We’ve got to be ready to play the whole 40 minutes. Not 39 minutes – the whole 40. Our girls, we play so good together, but it doesn’t come together the whole time. Everybody needs to come ready to play.”

Chaney Means

On playing at MTSU:

“The rivalry is good. I think it’s important for us to play with a chip on our shoulder. It’s been a frustrating few games, and we need to go out there with nothing to lose, but everything to gain.”

On the pride factor of the rivalry:

“They coaches have tried to motivate us with that – ‘What are we playing for? Is it pride for the school or the name on the back.’ That’s something that we need to take to heart.”

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