The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team put on a shooting display Tuesday night, rolling past Southeast Missouri 90-75 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
The Lady Toppers (3-1) shot 63.2 percent from the field – the eighth-best shooting performance in program history – and scored more than 86 points for the second straight game for their first road win of the season.
Junior guard Alexis Govan finished with a game-high 21 points, five steals, five rebounds and four assists. She had 17 points in the first half, including 13 in the final 7:12 as WKU used a 10-0 run to build a 43-27 halftime lead.
After starting 2 of 5 from the field, Govan made eight of her final 11 shots.
Junior forward Chastity Gooch added 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting with eight rebounds, three blocks and three assists, and sophomore guard Micah Jones netted three 3-pointers for 12 points with three assists.
I wasn’t at SEMO for the game, but I talked after by phone with Govan and WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard. Here are their comments:
Shooting 63.2 percent: “As a whole, we were able to get different people involved. We stuck with our motion offense, and we were making shots – everybody. We brought people in off the bench, and they started to do their thing, too.”
Govan finally breaking through: “I think right now, she gets a little frustrated. Her jump shot isn’t falling as much, so I just told her to take her time, calm down and get to the basket. She started attacking, and it’s really good for us because it opens up things for a lot of different people.”
Play of Micah Jones: “She’s shooting the ball as well as anybody, and she’s very confident in that. We’re all confident in her. We were able to get her in and play her at the 2 so we could get her some shots. When you can knock down outside shots and people have to guard you, it’s only going to open the inside more.”
Defensive transition: “Defensive transition was really bad. We have to get better at that, and we have to commit to it. We can’t keep giving up 75 or 80 points a game. That’s something we’ve definitely got to work on and make it a priority.”
Shooting performance: “We did a real good job of sharing the ball and getting our teammates open shots. When they got the ball, people just knocked it down.”
Letting her game come to her: “The coaches and my teammates have been on me to keep attacking the basket. I listened to them, and I guess it worked out. Everybody has told me to just let it come to me and don’t worry about what I’m doing.”
Play of Jones: “Micah’s big-time. She was big-time last year, but this year, if she gets it and she’s open, we all want her to shoot it. She’s got a lot of confidence right now.”