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    Nov. 3 Young Harris # W, 98-51 Nov. 11 Alabama A&M W, 96-32 Nov. 16 UT Arlington L, 71-68 Nov. 19 (1) No. 23/RV Indiana W, 85-74 Nov. 25 (2) vs. No. 18/17 DePaul L, 77-69 Nov. 26 (2) vs. Kent State W, 79-73 (OT) Nov. 27 (2) vs. George Washington L, 68-49 Nov. 30 at Eastern Kentucky W, 90-63 Dec. 3 at Austin Peay W, 85-65 Dec. 11 at No. 8/8 Louisville L, 68-61 Dec. 15 Lipscomb W, 87-35 Dec. 18 College of Charleston W, 89-76 Dec. 21 Ball State 5:30 PM Dec. 30 Florida Atlantic * 7:00 PM Jan. 1 FIU * 2:00 PM Jan. 5 at Charlotte * 10:30 AM Jan. 7 at Old Dominion * 3:00 PM Jan. 12 UAB * 11:00 AM Jan. 15 Middle Tennessee * 2:00 PM Jan. 21 Marshall * 2:00 PM Jan. 26 at UTEP * 8:05 PM Jan. 28 at UTSA * 2:00 PM Feb. 2 Louisiana Tech * 7:00 PM Feb. 4 Southern Miss * 2:00 PM Feb. 11 at Marshall * 12:00 PM Feb. 16 at Middle Tennessee * 6:30 PM Feb. 18 at UAB * 2:00 PM Feb. 23 Charlotte * 7:00 PM Feb. 25 Old Dominion * 2:00 PM Mar. 2 at North Texas * 7:00 PM Mar. 4 at Rice * 2:00 PM Mar. 8 (3) Conference USA Championships Mar. 9 (3) Conference USA Championships Mar. 10 (3) Conference USA Championships Mar. 11 (3) Conference USA Championships Mar. 12 (3) Conference USA Championships TBD (4) NCAA First and Second Rounds TBD (5) NCAA Reg. Semifinals and Finals TBD (6) NCAA Final Four # - Exhibition * - Conference USA game (1) 34th Annual BB&T Classic (E.A. Diddle Arena; Bowl- ing Green, Ky.) (2) 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase (Germain Arena; Estero, Fla.) (3) 2016 Conference USA Championships (Opening Rounds at Bartow Arena on the campus of UAB with semifinals and finals held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex) (4) NCAA First and Second Rounds (Campus Sites – TBD) (5) NCAA Regional Semifinals and Finals (Webster Bank Arena; Bridgeport, Conn., Chesapeake Energy Arena; Oklahoma City, Okla., Rupp Arena; Lexington, Ky., Stockton Arena; Stockton, Calif.) (6) NCAA Final Four (American Airlines Center; Dallas, Texas)

    All times are CT. Dates and times are subject to change.

    WKU is set to close out its 2016-17 non-conference slate with a visit from Ball State on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader that will feature the Hill- toppers against Ohio following the women’s matchup. In their last time out on Sunday, WKU weathered a big second-half comeback from Col- lege of Charleston and responded with 29 fourth-quarter points to earn an 89-76 win over the Cougars inside Diddle Arena. Ivy Brown led the way with a 21-point, 17-rebound effort, setting a new career-high for boards. Ball State is led by 17.6 points per game from Renee Bennett and also gets double digits from Moriah Monaco (14.1) and Destiny Washington (10.3). Bennett is also the team’s leading rebounder with 7.5 boards per game, and Carmen Grande deals out 8.3 assists per outing. The Cardinals fell, 78-74, in their last matchup on Sunday against Lipscomb. The Bisons overcame 28 points from Bennett and connected on nine three-pointers to defeat Ball State on its home floor. Following Wednesday’s bout, WKU will be off for just over a week before resuming play with the C-USA portion of its schedule. The Lady Toppers are set to host Florida Atlantic and FIU next Friday and Sunday in the opening weekend of conference play.

    Associate Director (WBB): Currie McFayden • Email: currie.mcfayden@wku.edu • Phone: 910-964-4494 (C) Twitter: @LadyTopperHoops | Instagram: @LadyTopperHoops | Facebook: /WKUWomensBasketball | Web: www.WKUSports.com

    ONLINE In-game updates available via Twitter at @LadyTopperHoops with complete pregame and postgame information available via www.wkusports.com

    MICAH JONES

    #5 | Guard 5-8 | RS Senior

    6.3 PPG | 4.0 APG

    TASHIA BROWN

    #10 | Forward 6-0 | Junior

    15.2 PPG | 5.0 RPG

    KENDALL NOBLE

    #12 | Guard 5-11 | RS Senior

    14.2 PPG | 6.1 RPG

    IVY BROWN

    #23 | Forward 6-1 | Junior

    14.2 PPG | 9.4 RPG

    KYVIN GOODIN-ROGERS

    #25 | Forward 6-2 | RS Junior

    3.3 PPG | 3.0 RPG

    LISTEN ESPN 102.7 FM and 1450 AM in BG Online via www.WKUSports.tv ($$) Barry Williams (play-by-play) Laurie Idlett (analysis)

    WATCH Fox College Sports WKU PBS

    HOW TO FOLLOW @LADYTOPPERHOOPS

    WKU’S MOST RECENT STARTERS (VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON, 12/18/16)

    GAME #12 - WKU VS. BALL STATE

     WKU set a new NCAA record for fewest points allowed in a single half in women’s bas- ketball history and in men’s basketball history in the shot clock era (since 1985-86) by holding Lipscomb to just two first-half points in last Thursday’s matchup.  On Monday, freshman Whitney Creech became WKU’s first C-USA Freshman of the Week selection since Tashia Brown on March 2, 2015. Creech averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists in WKU’s two victories last week and is shooting an incredible 56.8 percent (25-of- 44) from the floor this season.  Redshirt senior Kendall Noble made her 100th start with the Lady Toppers against College of Charleston. Noble holds the school record with 297 steals and ranks in the top 15 in points (12th, 1,494), rebounds (11th, 732), assists (fourth, 479) and blocked shots (11th, 79).

    TALKING POINTS AND NOTABLE STATISTICS

    WKU CLOSES NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH VISIT FROM BALL STATE WEDNESDAY

    2016-17 SCHEDULE

    BALL STATE CARDINALS Record 6-4 (0-0 MAC) AP Poll NR USA Today Coaches Poll NR Coach Brady Sallee School Record (Yrs.) 80-60 (4th Season) Career Record (Yrs.) 216-169 (12th Season)

    December 21, 2016 E.A. Diddle Arena

    Bowling Green, Ky.

    WKU LADY TOPPERS Record 7-4 (0-0 C-USA) AP Poll NR USA Today Coaches Poll NR Coach Michelle Clark-Heard School Record (Yrs.) 110-36 (5th Season) Career Record (Yrs.) 134-68 (7th Season) Clark-Heard vs. Ball State 1-2

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    GAME NOTES

    NEW FACES, SAME GOAL WKU will mix seven new faces with eight returners in 2016-17, including four freshmen and three transfers. Jaycee Coe will be eligible to play after sitting out last season, while Kyvin Goodin-Rogers will be eligible following the fall semester. Naomi Mayes will also be able to contrib- ute immediately for the Lady Toppers as a junior college transfer. Malaka Frank, Whitney Creech, Sarah Price and Raneem Elgedawy make up the incoming freshman class for WKU and will be called upon immediately to bolster the roster.

    MR. 1000 WKU play-by-play announcer Barry Williams called his 1,000th game with the Lady Toppers on Friday, Nov. 11, against Alabama A&M. Williams stands as one of the most veteran radio broadcasters in the nation and calls all home and away games for the Lady Toppers.

    KEEPING THE STREAK(S) GOING WKU has won 20 or more games in each of the last four seasons, the first time that the Lady Toppers have had such a streak since 2004-05 to 2007-08. WKU has also posted three consecu- tive seasons with a winning streak of 10 or more games. In 2013-14, the Lady Toppers strung together 10 straight wins from Feb. 12 through March 22; in 2014- 15, WKU had two separate streaks of 14 and 12 games; and in 2015-16, WKU won 14 consecutive games from Dec. 5-Jan. 28. The Lady Toppers are one of just nine programs in the nation with a 10-game winning streak in each of the last three seasons, joining perennial title contend- ers such as UConn, Maryland, Notre Dame and Baylor.

    CLARK-HEARD SECOND FASTEST TO 100 WKU WINS Michelle Clark-Heard captured her 100th victory as the head coach of the Lady Toppers in a 69-58 victory at Louisi- ana Tech on March 5 last season, reaching the milestone in just her 130th game at the helm of the program. Only the legendary Paul Sanderford, WKU’s all-time winningest coach, reached the mark more quickly, doing so in his 127th game with the team. By winning her 100th game, Clark- Heard also became just the 18th head coach in NCAA history to win 100 games in their first four years at the Division I level.

    WKU PICKED TO WIN C-USA IN PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL After returning the Player and Defen- sive Player of the Year in Kendall Noble, as well as the team’s top six scorers from a season ago, WKU was picked to win C- USA in the annual preseason coaches’ poll, garnering six first-place votes to edge out Middle Tennessee’s five votes and Old Dominion’s two votes.

    2016-17 C-USA PRESEASON COACHES POLL 1. WKU (6)

    2. Middle Tennessee (5) 3. Old Dominion (2)

    4. Charlotte 5. UTEP

    6. North Texas 7. Rice

    8. Southern Miss 9. UAB

    10. Marshall 11. UTSA (1)

    12. Louisiana Tech 13. Florida Atlantic

    14. FIU

    NOBLE, BROWN TABBED PRESEASON ALL- CONFERENCE BY COACHES Redshirt senior Kendall Noble, just

    the fourth player in C-USA history to sweep the Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2015-16, and team- mate Tashia Brown were both selected to the preseason All-C-USA team by the league’s coaches. Noble collected the first two triple- doubles in program history, as well as the first in the history of the C-USA Tourna- ment last season, averaging 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists. Brown became one of the most elec- tric scorers in the league, averaging 17.5 points and tallying a pair of 30-point games, including a career-best 34 points at Old Dominion on Feb. 18.

    2016-17 C-USA PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

    Kendall Noble, WKU (Player of the Year) Tashia Brown, WKU

    Lefty Webster, Charlotte Ty Petty, Middle Tennessee

    Alex Johnson, Middle Tennessee Jennie Simms, Old Dominion

    Jenzel Nash, UTEP Sparkle Taylor, UTEP

    THIRD YEAR IN CONFERENCE USA Over its first two s