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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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The WKU men’s basketball team heads into the weekend on the verge of another 20-win season.

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.

You can read more about the UT-Arlington game at WKU Sports.

The Hilltoppers are in second place in the Sun Belt, behind only Georgia State.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tylor Ongwae scored 19 points and Jayon James had 13 for Louisiana-Monroe, which has now lost seven of its last nine.

Emil Moffatt

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

The handsome, two-story house is a far cry from his humble beginnings in Warren County.

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.

“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.  “My ball went over the fence and a big ol’ hog took a bite of it. That was the last of my ball.”

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Later this month, another jersey will be hoisted to the rafters at E.A. Diddle Arena.  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.   

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.   Carrier was a Hilltopper from 1962 to 1964 and later played professionally in the ABA.

The WKU men’s basketball team is looking for its third-straight win as the Hilltoppers prepare to take on Brescia of Owensboro.

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.

You can read more about the game here, courtesy of our friends at WKU Sports.

The Hilltoppers close 2013 Monday at home against Ole Miss.

The WKU men’s basketball team may be done with finals week, but the Hilltoppers face another tough test this weekend.

WKU travels to the KFC YUM! Center Saturday to take on the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals. The Hilltoppers bring a 5-3 record into the matchup with the sixth-ranked Cardinals, and will have two new faces on the court.

Guards Chris Harrison-Docks and Trency Jackson are eligible to play for the first time this season after sitting out the first semester because of NCAA transfer rules. Harrison-Docks is a Louisville native who transferred to WKU after originally attending Butler.

Jackson made his way to Bowling Green after attending Texas Tech and a Florida junior college.

You can read more on the matchup and learn more about the Hilltoppers and Cardinals here.

The WKU-Louisville game begins at 11 a.m. central, and is being televised on ESPN2.

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WKU and area school systems are teaming up to combine athletics and academics. The Lady Hilltoppers  game against Georgia State on Jan. 8 will be attended by more than 2,100 students in grades K through 8 from Bowling Green Independent Schools, and schools in Glasgow and Logan County.

The effort is the third "Spread the Red Education Game" to be held at WKU.

Teachers in the schools are using historical statistics and biographical information on the WKU players as learning tools by incorporating them into history, reading, math, and geography lessons. Bowling Green Superintendent Joe Tinius says another benefit of the effort is getting young children on a college campus.

"Whenever we bring students to campus, we will always have many of them talk about how they had never been there before, and that they didn't know that a particular building was in Bowling Green. And that's a little hard for some of us to understand, and comprehend," Tinius said. "But I think as an educator it makes me realize that we need to take advantage of every opportunity to get our kids on campus."

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