I talked with WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard and sophomore forward Chastity Gooch via phone after the Lady Tops’ 76-62 win Thursday at North Texas.
WKU (17-5, 10-3 Sun Belt Conference) got a balanced effort up and down the lineup and used a white-hot finish to the first half to blow past the Mean Green.
Junior guard Bianca McGee led the way with 21 points, including 4 of 5 3-pointers in the first half, while sophomore forward Chastity Gooch added 20 points and 12 rebounds for her nation-leading 19th double-double in 22 games.
Sophomore guard Alexis Govan had 17 points.
The Lady Toppers return to action at 4 p.m. Saturday against Arkansas State at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Here are postgame comments from Heard and Gooch:
MICHELLE CLARK-HEARD, coach
On crisp offensive effort: “I was standing on the sideline, smiling and just enjoying that. It was the best passing we’ve done all season. There was so much unselfishness. I told them we would need everybody, and they stepped up.”
Getting big efforts from the Big Three: “That’s the beauty of having Alexis, Chastity and Bianca. Alexis got in foul trouble, and Bianca and Chastity just kept doing what they normally do.”
Extending lead out of halftime: “We wanted to come back out and play hard but play smart. I felt like we controlled the tempo all night. In the first four minutes of the second half, we were able to extend it.”
Playing ASU, which has been struggling, next: “They’re not going to struggle against us. The confidence for them is going to be that they beat us. We’re going to enjoy this win tonight, get back tomorrow and practice and make sure we’re ready to go. That Arkansas State game was probably the most out of sync we’ve been all year, so we’ll have to make sure to continue to play the way we have been.”
CHASTITY GOOCH, sophomore forward
“This was a big game for us. We had a lot of fun with this one.”
What made the offense work? “We knew with the zone they play, they wanted us to take quick shots. We played team ball, passed it to each other and weren’t selfish.”
Leading country in double-doubles: “I’ve just been playing ball. I don’t worry about, and it just comes. My teammates get me the ball on offense, and I go for rebounds on the other end. That’s it.”