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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.

Elizabethtown Falls in Girls' Sweet 16 Championship Game

Mar 17, 2014

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).

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The No. 1 ranked Elizabethtown Panthers will take on the No. 2 ranked Butler High School of Louisville Sunday afternoon for the 2014 Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 title.

Elizabethtown beat George Rogers Clark 71-56 in the semifinals Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Butler won Saturday against Ashland Blazer 62-50.

Elizabethtown sophomore Erin Boley scored 20 points and had eight rebounds against GRC Saturday. Three other Panthers scored in double figures.

 Update March 17, 11:25 a.m.

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.

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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. 

Update at 9:54 p.m.:

Here are the results of the other three quarterfinal games played Friday in Bowling Green:

Butler 62  Lafayette 50

George Rogers Clark 45  Marshall County 37

Elizabethtown 58  Anderson County 37

Update at 2:05 p.m.:

Ashland Blazer is advancing to the Saturday semifinals of the Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 basketball tournament after beating Danville 64-55.

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The Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 field has been cut in half. The remaining eight teams play Friday in four quarterfinal matchups at WKU's E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here is the Friday lineup:

Ashland Blazer vs. Danville at 12:00 p.m.

Butler vs. Lafayette at 1:30 p.m.

Marshall County vs. George Rogers Clark at 6:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown vs. Anderson County at 8:00 p.m.

All times are central.

Four teams will play Saturday in the semifinals, with the state champion crowned Sunday afternoon.

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Update at 8:57 p.m.:

Here are the other results from Thursday's games at the Kentucky Girls Sweet 16:

Elizabethtown 76   Sacred Heart 61

Anderson Co. 75  Meade Co. 51

George Rogers Clark 79  Corbin 70

Update at 4:57 p.m.:

George Rogers Clark defeated Corbin 79-70 on Thursday afternoon.

Update at 2:05 pm:

Marshall County beat Perry County Central 54-38 Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 basketball tournament.

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It’s day two of the Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 at WKU.

Two teams from our listening area, Glasgow and Henderson County, lost Wednesday. Danville advanced to the Friday quarterfinals.

Here is the schedule for Thursday’s first-round games:

Perry County Central vs. Marshall County at 12:00 pm

Corbin vs. George Rogers Clark at 1:30pm

Elizabethtown vs. Sacred Heart at 6:30 pm

Anderson County vs. Meade County at 8:00 pm

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.  

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.  

Gooch also contributed 14 rebounds and three assists in the win.

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.
 

Three Lady Toppers Receive Postseason Honors

Mar 12, 2014

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.

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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.

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