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Western Kentucky women set record, hold Lipscomb to single first half bucket in romp

Western Kentucky held Lipscomb to just two first-half points, setting a new NCAA record in the process, and finished with six players in double figures in Thursday’s 87-35 victory over the Bisons at E.A. Diddle Arena to open its five-game homestand. The Lady Toppers led 56-2 at the halftime break, surpassing the previous NCAA record of three points allowed in a half held by Florida State (against...

Colonels never trail, knock off Hilltoppers for first time since 1987 in Battle of the Bluegrass

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team never trailed in beating in-state rival Western Kentucky, 78-59, in the latest edition of the Battle of the Bluegrass on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. The Colonels (4-4) shot 59 percent in the second half and knocked down 13 three-pointers. EKU out-rebounded the Hilltoppers by four and committed four fewer turnovers. Four Colonels netted double...

Eastern Kentucky men play host to in-state rival WKU for first time since 2007

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will host in-state rival Western Kentucky on Wednesday night at McBrayer Arena at 8 p.m. The game will air live on Fox College Sports Central. WHAT TO KNOW – It is the first time WKU has visited McBrayer Arena since Dec. 8, 2007. – EKU nearly knocked off WKU last year in Bowling Green, but a last-second three-pointer by Justin Johnson...

WKU’s Noble named C-USA preseason Player of Year; Toppers lead in coaches poll

Kendall Noble has been named the 2016-17 Preseason C-USA Player of the Year and joins Tashia Brown on the Preseason All-C-USA Team, and WKU has been picked as the favorites to win the league as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Noble is the third preseason conference Player of the Year selected in head coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s five seasons with the team, joining former WKU standouts...

Western Kentucky drops decision to South Dakota in quarterfinals of WNIT

Redshirt junior Kendall Noble scored a game-high 21 points for Western Kentucky, but the Lady Toppers fell in a tough battle at South Dakota, 68-54, in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Sunday evening at the DakotaDome. WKU finishes its season with a 27-7 overall record despite losing more than 60 percent of its production from the 2014-15 season. South Dakota (30-6) advances to the semifinals to face...

Western Kentucky recruit Creech nets 71 points to set new state high school scoring record

Western Kentucky University signee Whitney Creech became the state of Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer with a career-high 71 points on Tuesday evening, passing former Lady Topper Jaime Walz on the high school list with 4,957 points in her varsity career. Creech led Jenkins to a 90-87 overtime victory over Paintsville on Tuesday, scoring 13 of her 71 points in the overtime period to lead the...

Western Kentucky’s hot scoring start sparks easy victory over cross-state rival Colonels

A 14-2 run in the opening period gave Western Kentucky University the cushion it needed as the homestanding Hilltoppers defeated Eastern Kentucky 76-60 Wednesday at E.A. Diddle Arena. Eastern Kentucky battled back numerous times through the remainder of the contest, but could not cut the deficit to less than 10. The Hilltoppers outscored the Colonels 14-2 in the final 4:33 to open up a 14 point lead...

Sports Notes: Calipari breathed sigh of relief after surviving latest Poythress injury scare

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor For John Calipari, the key moment in Kentucky’s 72-58 win over Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State team Saturday came just before the start of the second half. Senior forward Alex Poythress had gone out of the game with what ESPN’s game announcers were calling a hyper-extended right knee. They expressed skepticism about whether he would return in...

Louisville women check in at No. 8 in first basketball poll; UK Hoops ranked 14th

he University of Louisville women’s basketball team is opening the 2015-16 season ranked eighth in the Associated Press’ preseason poll, which was announced Tuesday morning. Kentucky came in at No. 14 in the season’s first poll while Western Kentucky also received votes. The Hilltoppers will host the Cardinals on Nov. 21. After earning a school-record sixth-straight NCAA Tournament...

WKU's Clark-Heard, UK's Harper provide Bluegrass tint to U.S. Pan American team

Michelle Clark-Heard will spend most of July as an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball team (WKU Athletics Photo)   Western Kentucky women’s head coach Michelle Clark-Heard will depart for Colorado Springs, Colo., this week to begin serving as an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team.   She is joined on the...

Former LSU standout Graham leaves Lipscomb to accept position with WKU

Katherine Graham has been named an assistant coach for the Western Kentucky Lady Topper Basketball program, head coach Michelle Clark-Heard said Monday. The former LSU player and Georgia graduate assistant spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Lipscomb.   “We are excited to welcome Katherine Graham to WKU as an assistant coach,” said Clark-Heard. “I was really impressed...

Sports Notes: Western Kentucky softball star Kramer has monster week, but modest record

Western Kentucky pitcher Miranda Kramer pitched a no-hitter against Charlotte last week and nearly had another against No. 17 Kentucky (WKU Athletics Photo/Megan Stearman)   Western Kentucky University senior pitcher Miranda Kramer had quite a week last week even though she only had a 2-2 record to show for it.   Kramer is 20-7 and the only active NCAA Division I pitcher with over 1,000 career...

WKU women pull off late victory in first round of Sun Belt Conference tournament play

WKU women’s basketball overcame a 10-point deficit with a Chastity Gooch three-point play to register a 67-61 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in the opening round of the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championships at Lakefront Arena.   Chastity Gooch led the Lady Hilltoppers to a win over Louisiana-Lafayette March 12. (Photo by J.S. Robinson for WKU Athletics) Gooch finished with 21 points, 14...