The WKU women's basketball team will head to Waco, Texas on Saturday to take on No. 2 seed Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Saturday's game is at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Ferrell Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
The Lady Toppers earned a spot in the tournament with a comeback win in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday against Arkansas State.
It is their 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, but the first since 2007-08.
Danielle Lawrence scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Butler beat Elizabthtown 49-38 in title game Sunday.
Elizabethtown's Erin Boley hit two free throws to pull within one, 39-38, before Butler held the Panthers scoreless for the final 5:27 of the game. Butler, No. 1 in the Associated Press' final regular season poll, scored the final 10 points of the game and held Elizabethtown to 30% shooting to secure the school's fourth state title, its first since 2008.
Allison Just added 10 points for Butler (33-3), while Fontasia Jeffries scored nine and Lawrence had five steals.
The Bearettes hit four 3's during an 11-1 run in the last 3:17 of the first quarter and went on to shoot 43% from beyond the arc for the game.
Boley had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Elizabethtown (32-5).
The Lady Toppers will take part in a selection show watch party beginning at 5 p.m. CDT at Mister B's Pizza and Wings on Scottsville Road in Bowling Green.
For the fourth time this season, the Lady Toppers overcame a double-digit deficit to win a game. On Saturday night in New Orleans, it came in the biggest game so far this season. The WKU women edged Arkansas State 61-60 to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Chastity Gooch led the Lady Toppers in scoring with 26 points. Her efforts in the tournament earned her MVP honors.
The WKU women's team will learn its first round opponent in the NCAA tournament on Monday night at 6 p.m. during the selection show.
Also in New Orleans Saturday, the WKU men lost in their SBC tournament semifinal game to Louisiana-Lafayette 73-72.
The Lady Hilltoppers basketball team staved off a late rally from Arkansas-Little Rock for a 66-62 win Friday afternoon in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in New Orleans. The win propels the WKU women into the conference championship game Saturday night at 8 p.m. CDT against Arkansas State.
Meanwhile, the WKU men's basketball team will also be in action Saturday in New Orleans as it plays in the men's semi-final at 4:30 p.m. central.
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".
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.
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.
A trio of honors came down Tuesday for WKU men’s basketball players. 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.
Meantime, junior guard T.J. Price was named second-team all-conference after leading the team in scoring with 15.4 points per game. 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.
The Hilltoppers play in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament Saturday afternoon in New Orleans.
Also Tuesday, junior Chastity Gooch of the WKU women’s basketball team was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year. Kendall Noble was named the women’s Freshman of the Year. The WKU women open up the Sun Belt Conference tournament Wednesday night against Louisiana-Lafayette.