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8:20 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Kentucky Girl's Sweet 16 Down to Eight: Marion County, Owensboro Catholic Still Alive

Two schools from our listening area—including the state’s number-one ranked team—are still alive in the Girl’s Sweet 16 high school basketball tournament in Bowling Green.

The tournament-favorite Marion County Lady Knights take on Montgomery County in Friday's first quarterfinal. And Friday evening, the Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces play defending state champs DuPont Manuel of Louisville.

The day’s other two quarterfinals feature Anderson County versus Shelby Valley, and Marshall County against Notre Dame. Today’s winners play in two semifinal games tomorrow morning, with the champion crowned Saturday night.

Here's Friday's schedule:

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1:56 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Owensboro Catholic on to Second Round of Kentucky Girl's Sweet 16

The Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces are on to the second round of the Kentucky Girl’s Sweet 16 basketball tournament.

Owensboro Catholic beat Lincoln County 66-55 Thursday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Owensboro Catholic’s Rebecca Greenwell scored 32 points and had 12 rebounds. The Duke-bound senior is one of the highest-ranked players in the state, and is reportedly playing with a torn meniscus in one of her knees.

The Lady Aces will next play defending state champ duPont Manuel of Louisville, who beat Mercy Thursday 74-60. The Owensboro Catholic-Manuel game is Friday at 6:30 p.m. central.

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1:44 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Kentucky's #1 Girl's Basketball Team Coasts to First-Round Sweet 16 Win

Kentucky's top-ranked girl’s basketball team is off to an impressive start in the Sweet 16 basketball tournament. The Marion County Lady Knights beat Bowling Green 64-to-43 Wednesday afternoon in the opening game of the tournament at WKU’s E.A. Diddle Arena.

The Lady Knights will next take on Montgomery County Friday afternoon in the tournament quarterfinals.

Marion County is now 36-0 on the year and is trying to become just the third Kentucky girl’s team ever to go an entire season undefeated.

Another team from the WKU Public Radio listening area, the Henderson County Lady Colonels, lost their first-round game Wednesday. Anderson County beat the Lady Colonels 65-54.

The Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces face off against Lincoln County Thursday afternoon.

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4:50 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

WKU Hilltoppers Get Praise from Fans, Now Await Selection Sunday

WKU sophomore guard T.J. Price is welcomed back to Bowling Green by WKU President Gary Ransdell.
Credit Kevin Willis

The WKU men's basketball team received a hero's welcome Tuesday afternoon after their trip home from the Sun Belt Conference championship. Monday night's win in the title game means WKU will play in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

After being congratulated by fans outside E.A. Diddle Arena, sophomore forward and Bowling Green native George Fant said he wasn't thinking about what tournament seed the Hilltoppers will receive this Sunday.

"I don't know what we deserve. I don't really want to get into that. I'm just happy with the fact that we're there. For a team that was supposed to be the seventh-best team in our conference, to do this two years in a row is unbelievable," said Fant, who scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds in Monday night's win over Florida International.

Sophomore guard T.J. Price also refused to predict what seed he thought WKU would receive. The Louisiana native says he can't wait to experience the excitement of the NCAA tournament again.

"Just the feeling...when you step out on that court there's no better feeling ever. I remember last year how I felt, and I've always said I wanted the same feeling again, and now I get that chance," Price told WKU Public Radio.

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6:45 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Fans Can Welcome Home 2013 Sun Belt Conference Champs

The WKU men's basketball team celebrated its Sun Belt title Monday night.
Credit WKU Athletic Meda Relations

After capturing its second-straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship Monday night in Hot Springs, Ark., WKU will be returning to Bowling Green on Tuesday.

A pep rally will be held outside the U.S. Bank Entrance at E.A. Diddle Arena upon the team's return to campus at approximately 4:00 PM (CT). Fans are welcome and encouraged to attend and welcome home the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament champions.

In addition, WKU will be hosting an NCAA Tournament Selection Show watch party on Sunday to see where the Hilltoppers will be playing in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Doors open at 4:00 (CT), and the Selection Show begins at 5:00 (CT) and will be broadcast on the video boards inside the arena.

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8:15 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

WKU Hilltoppers Are Again Headed to NCAA Big Dance After Winning Sun Belt Championship

Credit WKU Athletic Meda Relations

It wouldn't be a postseason without the WKU Hilltoppers winning four games in four days.

WKU pulled off the feat for the second straight season, beating Florida International Monday night 65-63 for the Sun Belt Conference Championship.

With the win, the Hilltoppers will make their second straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Sophomore forward and Bowling Green native George Fant led the Toppers with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Jamal Crook also scored 17, including some clutch late-game free throws that helped seal the deal for WKU.

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6:35 am
Mon March 11, 2013

WKU Pulls Out Another Heartstopping Win, and Will Play Monday for Sun Belt Championship

For the second-straight year WKU has willed itself to a Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship appearance, and a win on Monday night at 6:00 (CT) against fourth-seeded FIU would send WKU to its 23rd NCAA Tournament and fourth in the last six seasons.

WKU sophomore T.J. Price’s steal and layup with 19 seconds remaining erased a one-point deficit Sunday night as the Hilltoppers advanced to the championship game of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament with a 58-56 win over second-seeded Arkansas State.

Monday's game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The Hilltoppers have stormed through the bracket this season, winning three games in three days thus far to advance to its 13th Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game, where WKU is 8-4 all-time.

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8:55 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Hilltoppers Win in Dramatic Fashion, Advance to Sun Belt Conference Semifinals

The WKU Hilltoppers celebrated Saturday night's win over South Alabama. Next up: Arkansas St. Sunday evening.
Credit WKU Athletic Meda Relations

A Jamal Crook steal and layup with 17 seconds left gave WKU a 60-59 lead over third-seeded South Alabama, and two free throws by T.J. Price after another steal iced the come-from-behind Hilltopper win and sent WKU to its 9th-straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament Semifinal on the heels of a 62-59 win over the Jaguars Saturday night in Hot Springs, Ark.

The back-and-forth contest featured seven ties and six lead changes in the final 7:00 of the game. The game was first tied at 45-45, and South Alabama led by two points on a couple of occasions before the final few possessions. Barrington Stevens hit a jumper for South Alabama to give the Jaguars a 59-58 lead with 54 seconds remaining, and after a missed Price three-pointer South Alabama secured the loose ball.

On the next inbounds play, Crook entered the passing lane, stole the ball from Stevens and streaked to the basket for a layup to put WKU back on top at 60-59 with 17 seconds left.

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7:49 am
Sat March 9, 2013

WKU Men's Basketball Rolls Over ULM, with South Alabama Up Next in Sun Belt Tourney

WKU shot nearly 70 percent from the floor in the first half to help open a 46-24 halftime lead and roll to a 74-60 win over 11th-seeded ULM in the first round of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Friday night in Hot Springs, Ark. The win is WKU's fourth in the last five games and moves its overall record to 17-15 on the season.

WKU also advanced to its 22nd-straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinal with the victory and will face third-seeded South Alabama at 8:30 PM (CT) Saturday.

WKU went 18-for-26 from the floor in the first half (.692) and finished at 58.3 percent from the game (28-for-48), and the Hilltoppers tied a season high with 11 three-pointers. WKU was led by T.J. Price's 18 points, and George Fant went 6-for-6 from the floor en route to 12 points and five rebounds. Caden Dickerson sank three three-pointers in the game, as did Kevin Kaspar, and 10 Hilltoppers scored in the game.

With the win, WKU advances to the quarterfinals of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Tournament to face third-seeded South Alabama Saturday night at 8:30 (CT) on the Convention Center Court.

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11:13 am
Wed March 6, 2013

WKU's Clark-Heard Named Sun Belt Coach of the Year, Gooch and Govan Earn First Team Honors

WKU's Chastity Gooch is the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the All-Conference First Team.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU’s Michelle Clark-Heard has been named the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Two of her players—sophomores Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan—were named First Team All-Conference selections in a survey of the league’s coaches and media members.

Gooch was also named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year.

Voters recognized Coach Clark-Heard for turning the team around in her first season on the hill. The Lady Hilltoppers take a 20-9 record into this week’s conference championships. Last season, the team won only nine games.

Gooch has averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds this season. Govan averaged over 20 points a game, and hit more than 42-percent of her three-point attempts.

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