Lady Toppers returns to Win column with 71-57 Win vs ODU
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — WKU women’s basketball needed a bounce-back win and they did just that on Saturday afternoon against Old Dominion (16-5, 6-3 C-USA ) at the EA Diddle Arena. The Lady Toppers (15-7, 8-3 C-USA) picked up a 71-57 victory over the Monarchs to end a three-game losing streak.
“For this young team to turn around after the Charlotte game – to feel like we played well enough to win that game and then lose that game at the end like we did – to then come back and play some this way. This team doesn’t have a lot of dropout in them. There’s a lot more fighting than giving up,” said head coach Greg Collins.
The Lady Toppers were led by Alexis Mead who finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. His eight boards tied the guard’s career record 5-5. Meral Abdelgawad and Jaylin Foster each had 13 points and Mya Meredith and Hope Sivori each added 11 points. It was the third time this season the WKU had five double-digit scorers and the Lady Toppers are 3-0 in 2021-22.
WKU dominated on the glass, pulling off 52 rebounds to Old Dominion’s 31. It was a record number of rebounds for WKU and was the biggest margin on the boards for WKU this season. The Lady Toppers improve to 7-2 this season and 41-9 under Collins when they get past their opponents.
Meredith, Macey Blevins and Gabby McBride all had seven rebounds in the game and Foster pulled out six. Abdelgawad led the team in assists with five on the night.
The Lady Toppers were on fire in the first quarter, scoring 27 points, which is the most allowed in a single period by Old Dominion all season. WKU scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, making them the only team this season to score more than 20 points in two periods against the Monarchs. Old Dominion entered the game as the league leader in points allowed, allowing just 51.4 points per game. WKU’s 71 against the Monarchs is the most tied by a team all season.
WKU improves to 7-0 this season and 26-4 under Collins when holding teams below 60 points. The Lady Toppers have held five C-USA teams under 60 this season.
WKU took a big lead, with a 26-point lead in the second quarter. The Lady Toppers’ hot shot went cold in the third quarter when WKU went just 1 of 16 out of the field. It gave Old Dominion the chance to make a comeback and the Monarchs had their best offensive quarter with 22 points to within five of WKU.
Sivori did most of his damage in the fourth quarter, scoring the first five points of the frame for WKU on a three and a layup. The Monarchs trailed for a few minutes, but back-to-back lines of Sivori and Mead with less than five minutes froze the game for WKU.
The Lady Toppers will be back in action next week with a split schedule. The WKU travels to Florida Atlantic for another Eastern Division showdown on Thursday, February 10. The Lady Toppers previously beat the Owls 73-49 on January 20. WKU will then return home to host UTSA on Sunday, February 13 at 1 p.m.
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