WKU basketball http://wkyufm.org en WKU To Host Opening Round of Women’s Preseason Basketball Tourney http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-host-opening-round-women-s-preseason-basketball-tourney <p>Fresh off an NCAA postseason appearance, the WKU women’s basketball team is looking forward to another tournament.&nbsp; The school announced Thursday that Diddle Arena will serve as a host site for the opening round of the women’s preseason NIT tournament in November.&nbsp;<br /><br />“Not only being in the tournament, but having the chance to be one of the few schools to host is a sign of the national respect that our program has garnered in the women’s basketball world,” said WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard. “I am so excited for our team and our fan base to have the chance to have this event in E.A. Diddle Arena.”<br /><br />The Lady Toppers have a 6-3 record all time in the preseason NIT tournament, which began in its current form in 1994.<br /><br />The WNIT preseason tournament begins November 14<sup>th</sup>.<br /> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:28:27 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 46723 at http://wkyufm.org WKU To Host Opening Round of Women’s Preseason Basketball Tourney Lady Toppers Appear Undaunted as Preparations Continue For Matchup with No. 2 Baylor http://wkyufm.org/post/lady-toppers-appear-undaunted-preparations-continue-matchup-no-2-baylor <p>The WKU women’s basketball team has made a habit of coming back in games this season.<br /><br />A big rally last week against Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference championship propelled them to an NCAA tournament appearance on Saturday.&nbsp; The Lady Toppers will travel to Waco, Texas to face No. 2 seed Baylor.&nbsp; WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard says her team can’t afford to fall behind against the Lady Bears.<br /><br />“They can put up numbers fast,” said Clark-Heard.&nbsp; “If you can’t withstand that first four minutes, it’s going to be crucial for us.&nbsp; It becomes very crucial that we continue to have the confidence that we had. It’s going to be a different atmosphere, but the floor is going to be the same length and the rim is going to be the same height.”<br /> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:13:37 +0000 Emil Moffatt 45338 at http://wkyufm.org Lady Toppers Appear Undaunted as Preparations Continue For Matchup with No. 2 Baylor Rally Leads WKU Women Past Louisiana-LaFayette http://wkyufm.org/post/rally-leads-wku-women-past-louisiana-lafayette <p>Chastity Gooch scored 21 points Wednesday night as the WKU women's basketball team defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 67-61 in the opening round of the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championships in New Orleans. &nbsp;<br /><br />WKU trailed by 10 points at one juncture of the game and didn't have its first lead until 11:30 into the second half. &nbsp;<br /><br />Gooch also contributed 14 rebounds and three assists in the win.<br /><br />The Lady Toppers will face either the University of Arkansas-Little Rock or Troy in the semifinals of the SBC championships on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. CDT.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:25:07 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 45004 at http://wkyufm.org Rally Leads WKU Women Past Louisiana-LaFayette Three Lady Toppers Receive Postseason Honors http://wkyufm.org/post/three-lady-toppers-receive-postseason-honors <p></p><p>WKU junior Chastity Gooch has been named the Sun Belt Conference "Defensive Player of the Year" for the second consecutive season while freshman Kendall Noble was named the league's "Freshman of the Year".</p><p>Gooch was also named a First-Team All Conference selection, Noble a Second Team selection and sophomore guard Micah Jones a Third Team All-Conference choice in a survey of the league's coaches and media members.</p><p>This is the first time since 2004-05 that WKU has had three players selected as All-Conference selections when Crystal Kelly, Tiffany Porter-Talbert and Leslie Logsdon were honored. It's only the tenth time in program history that it's happened. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:43:33 +0000 WKU Athletics 44949 at http://wkyufm.org Three Lady Toppers Receive Postseason Honors Three Hilltoppers Honored as WKU Preps For Conference Semifinal http://wkyufm.org/post/three-hilltoppers-honored-wku-preps-conference-semifinal <p>A trio of honors came down Tuesday for WKU men’s basketball players.&nbsp; Redshirt-freshman Chris Harrison-Docks has been named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming the fourth Hilltopper to win that honor in the SBC.&nbsp;<br /><br />Meantime, junior guard T.J. Price was named second-team all-conference after leading the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game.&nbsp; Junior forward George Fant was named to the third team, All Sun-Belt Conference. Fant led the team in scoring ten times during the regular season.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />The Hilltoppers play in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament Saturday afternoon in New Orleans.<br /><br />Also Tuesday, junior Chastity Gooch of the WKU women’s basketball team was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year.&nbsp; Kendall Noble was named the women’s Freshman of the Year.&nbsp; The WKU women open up the Sun Belt Conference tournament Wednesday night against Louisiana-Lafayette.<br /> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:23:31 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 44917 at http://wkyufm.org Three Hilltoppers Honored as WKU Preps For Conference Semifinal WKU Goes for Win #20 Saturday Against UT-Arlington http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-goes-win-20-saturday-against-ut-arlington <p>The WKU men’s basketball team heads into the weekend on the verge of another 20-win season.</p><p>The Hilltoppers are traveling to the Lone Star State in search of another Sun Belt conference victory. WKU will enter Saturday night’s game against UT-Arlington with a 19-9 record, with 11 wins and four losses in the Sun Belt Conference.</p><p>You can read more about the UT-Arlington game at <a href="http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/022814aaa.html" target="_blank">WKU Sports</a>.</p><p>The Hilltoppers are in second place in the Sun Belt, behind only Georgia State.</p><p>WKU hopes to continue the momentum from Thursday's win over Texas State, which saw the Tops rally from a 12 point deficit and win by one. The team's final home game is next Thursday against Sun Belt foe Louisiana-Lafayette. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:11:12 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 44469 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Goes for Win #20 Saturday Against UT-Arlington WKU Jumps Out to Big Lead, Beats ULM for Tenth Sun Belt Win of Season http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-jumps-out-big-lead-beats-ulm-tenth-sun-belt-win-season <p></p><p>Trency Jackson scored 25 points and Chris Harrison-Docks added 15 as Western Kentucky got off to a fast start and beat Louisiana-Monroe 72-63 on Saturday night.</p><p>Western Kentucky (18-9, 10-4 Sun Belt Conference) raced to an 18-1 lead to start the game as Louisiana-Monroe (8-14, 5-9) struggled to score. It took the Warhawks more than 8½ minutes to make their first field goal.</p><p>The Hilltoppers held a 43-28 advantage in rebounding, which helped them overcome their own offensive struggles. Western Kentucky won their eighth game out of their last 10 despite shooting just 39.7 percent from the field and hitting only 17 of 32 field goals. The Hilltoppers also committed only six turnovers.</p><p>Tylor Ongwae scored 19 points and Jayon James had 13 for Louisiana-Monroe, which has now lost seven of its last nine. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:54:00 +0000 Associated Press 44226 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Jumps Out to Big Lead, Beats ULM for Tenth Sun Belt Win of Season WKU Basketball To Honor Bowling Green Sharpshooter Carrier http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-basketball-honor-bowling-green-sharpshooter-carrier <p>Darel Carrier’s new home just outside of Bowling Green features an expansive workout room in the basement. Upstairs there’s a display of many of the mementos from his distinguished college and pro basketball careers. He enjoys giving visitors a detailed tour of the home, right down to the insulation<br /><br />The handsome, two-story house is a far cry from his humble beginnings in Warren County.<br /><br />His family's house growing up lacked electricity or a bathroom until he was a teen, but Carrier found a way to sharpen his basketball skills.</p><p>“I saved up enough money to buy my first ball and goal. It was a little lace up ball and a goal for $3.99. I put it on the side of a corn crib and I shot with my little ball through that goal for two or three days,” said Carrier.&nbsp; “My ball went over the fence and a big ol’ hog took a bite of it. That was the last of my ball.”<br /> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 05:36:41 +0000 Emil Moffatt 44116 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Basketball To Honor Bowling Green Sharpshooter Carrier Hilltoppers To Retire Carrier's No. 35 http://wkyufm.org/post/hilltoppers-retire-carriers-no-35 <p>Later this month, another jersey will be hoisted to the rafters at E.A. Diddle Arena.&nbsp; The WKU Athletics Department has announced that Bowling Green native Darel Carrier will have his uniform No. 35 retired on February 22nd as WKU plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />He’ll be the eight person affiliated with WKU Men’s basketball to have his jersey retired, joining E.A. Diddle, Clem Haskins, Thom Marhsall Jim McDaniels, John Oldham, Carlisle Towery and Bobby Rascoe.&nbsp; &nbsp;Carrier was a Hilltopper from 1962 to 1964 and later played professionally in the ABA.<br /> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 23:34:13 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 43811 at http://wkyufm.org Hilltoppers To Retire Carrier's No. 35 WKU Goes for Three In a Row Saturday Vs. Brescia http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-goes-three-row-saturday-vs-brescia <p></p><p>The WKU men’s basketball team is looking for its third-straight win as the Hilltoppers prepare to take on Brescia of Owensboro.</p><p>WKU heads into Saturday night’s game at E.A Diddle with a 7-4 record following wins against Murray State and Southern Miss. The WKU-Brescia game begins at 7 pm and is being televised on the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network.</p><p>You can read more about the game <a href="http://www.wkusports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/122713aaa.html" target="_blank">here</a>, courtesy of our friends at <a href="http://www.wkusports.com/" target="_blank">WKU Sports. </a></p><p>The Hilltoppers close 2013 Monday at home against Ole Miss. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:30:43 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 41710 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Goes for Three In a Row Saturday Vs. Brescia