WKU Women’s Basketball Press Conference

Category: WKU SportsWomen's Basketball
Reporter: willpuckett

Coach Michelle Clark-Heard and players Ivy and Tashia Brown preview the Lady Hilltoppers WNIT invitation and the fallout from their 2nd round exit in the Conference USA Tournament. WKU will take on the Dayton Flyers in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament Thursday at 7 inside E.A. Diddle Arena. The Flyers will bring in size to the game that WKU will have a hard time matching. For the Hilltoppers, they’re excited to get their young group of girls more playing time. Dayton comes from the Atlantic Ten Conference who sent three teams to the NCAA Tournament this season. Last year Dayton was knocked out by eventual National Champions UConn after trailing by only three points at the half. Again Coach Heard and company take on Dayton Thursday at Seven in Diddle...

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BREAKING: WKU suspends 3 players; Harper resigns

Category: Men's BasketballWKU Sports
Reporter: Marcus Browning

Bowling Green, KY— News broke Thursday evening after WKU sent out a press release from Athletic Director Todd Stewart stating that guards Fredrick Edmond, Chris McNeal and Marlon Hunter have been suspended from the men’s basketball program following the outcome of a hearing conducted by the University Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday night.

“Federal law prevents us from public discussion of any details related to student disciplinary cases,” Stewart commented.

Further in the press release Stewart announced that head coach Ray Harper has resigned from his position.

“I would like to thank Ray Harper for his many contributions to our program over the past eight years. Today is obviously a very difficult day. President Gary Ransdell and I met with our team a short while ago...

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“What we were, we were a team”

Category: Miscellaneous
Reporter: Marcus Browning

Birmingham, AL—Despite having a lack luster regular season,  WKU BasketballHead Coach Ray Harper and his group of Hilltoppers rallied in the Conference-USA tournament and found themselves all the way in the semifinals.

Despite dropping the game, a 89-77 loss to Old Dominion, Coach Harper said he is proud of his team, and not just because of their effort.

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Trey Freeman, ODU end WKU’s C-USA Championship hopes

Category: Men's BasketballWKU Sports
Reporter: Marcus Browning

Birmingham, AL—After upsetting the number one overall seed in the C-USA tournament quarterfinals, WKU got back at it Friday afternoon against the No. 5 seed Old Dominion, a team that swept WKU in the regular season led behind Trey Freeman who had a combined 56 points against the Hilltoppers in the two meetings, and in short, Freeman would do the same again.

The Hilltoppers and Monarchs traded baskets heading into the first media timeout, with ODU holding the 8-6 lead with 13:25 to play. A sloppy start and some forced shots from WKU helped Old Dominion have the small advantage early on.

But thanks to Nigel Snipes, the Hilltoppers found a rhythm in the latter minutes of the half, going on an 8-0 run at one point, and a buzzer beater three at the half bumped WKU up by three heading into the ...

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(8) WKU meets (5) Old Dominion in C-USA quarterfinals

Category: Miscellaneous
Reporter: Marcus Browning

Birmingham, AL—After doing what some considered the unexpected, and after going even a little further than that, WKU (18-15 overall, 9-10 C-USA) advances to the C-USA semifinals after upsetting the number one overall seed UAB yesterday by 11 points.

WKU now is 11-2 under Head Coach Ray Harper in conference tournament play, but meets an Old Dominion (21-12 overall, 12-6 C-USA) team that swept the Hilltoppers in the regular season. The Tops dropped the first meeting in Norfolk, Virginia mid-January by six points, and fell to the Monarchs by three in Diddle Arena in mid-February.

The Monarchs will give the Hilltoppers quite a test, including main work horse Trey Freeman who tallied 28 points in the first meeting between the two teams, and 26 in game two.

Trey Freeman on playing WKU, “They are...

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Kendall Noble’s triple-double not enough to overcome 6-seed Marshall

Category: WKU SportsWomen's Basketball
Reporter: Marcus Browning

Birmingham, AL—After earning a double bye for the Conference-USA tournament, the Lady Tops got to work this evening against No. 6 seed Marshall Thundering Herd, and despite the hard fought effort, the Lady Tops fell 66-63.

WKU opened up the evening going 5-6 from the floor before the first media timeout, leading 12-4, and kept up the hot shooting for the remainder of the first quarter, leading the Thundering Herd 16-8 while shooting 7-13 (54%), compared to Marshall’s 4-14 (28%).

But, a lackluster start for the Lady Tops and an improved second quarter for Marshall helped them tie the game back up with just over 2 minutes remaining in the half. WKU was still able to hold on the remainder of the quarter, closing out the half with a 31-28 lead.

Kendall Noble had the best all around first hal...

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Hilltoppers stun top-seeded UAB, move to C-USA semi-finals

Category: Men's BasketballWKU Sports
Reporter: Marcus Browning

Birmingham, AL—There was nothing but high expectations heading into the C-USA quarterfinal matchup between No. 1 UAB and No. 8 WKU. The teams split the regular season series 1-1, each team protecting their respective courts. But a third meeting would determine who lives on in March.

Post play meant everything in the opening minutes of this one, with WKU up 10-8 at the first media break, and 8 of WKU’s points coming from the paint, and 6 of UAB’s from the same. Justin Johnson rallied early with 6 points and three boards within the first five minutes of play.

Some missed roll ins early for the Blazers helped WKU hold an 18-10 advantage with 11 left in the first half, but UAB answered a Nigel Snipes three with one of their own to bump them back up to 18-13.

Closing the first half, you couldn...

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