Dance Card: Western Kentucky, Sun Belt

Wave your towels, boys and girls: the Hilltoppers are back on top again.

Who? The Lady Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky, the school with possibly my favorite logo.

What? They're Hilltoppers because they're on top of a hill. The towel? A coach's prop. Big Red? That's... a really good question.

Where? Bowling Green, Kentucky, not to be confused with that other mid-major Bowling Green.

When? March 15th, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Why? They won the Sun Belt conference tournament.

How? The Lady Toppers got a big game from star Chasity Gooch, who put up 26 points and 12 rebounds, and Kendall Noble's lay-up ended up the winning basket in Western Kentucky's 61-60 win over Arkansas State.

Surprise? Predicted to finish second in the conference, they fulfilled expectations to a T (though see below about the journey).

RPI: 71

SOS: 121

Record: 24-8 (13-5 Sun Belt)

Good wins: Georgetown in Puerto Rico.

Bad losses: At South Alabama.

Who's in charge around here? Michelle Clark-Heard, since 2012; she was formerly an assistant at Louisville.

Extra, Extra! The Bowling Green Daily News.


Losing junior guard Alexis Govan (16.5 points, 4.6 assists) to a stress fracture right before the conference season began was a big blow, but other players have stepped up around junior star Chastity Gooch. Senior guard Bianca McGee, sophomore guard Micah Jones, and freshman guard Kendall Noble all average a smidge over 10 points per game. Gooch, however, is the unquestioned number one option for the Hilltoppers, with 18.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Random factoid that may or may not be relevant: WKU has seen ten players start at least one game and nine average at least ten minutes per game. Michelle Clark-Heard has done a tremendous job juggling her available players.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Swish Appeal

You must be a member of Swish Appeal to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Swish Appeal. You should read them.

Join Swish Appeal

You must be a member of Swish Appeal to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Swish Appeal. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker