Welcome to the Hill, GSU.
It’s an early start this morning as many youngins around the Hill come in from the cold to watch some Lady Tops basketball (9-4, 1-1) , as Michelle-Clark Heard and her second place squad takes on the Georgia State Panthers (5-9, 1-1) for the first time ever, and the first home game in general for the Lady Tops since December 15th, when the ladies defeated Jackson State.
With Alexis Govan out, it’ll be up to reining Sun Belt Player of the Week Chastity Gooch to lead the way vs. the Panthers, who is coming off setting a new career high in points with 30 in WKU’s last game against Troy. She, along with the rest of the team, should have a field day, as Georgia State comes into the game second from last in the league in scoring defense, allowing an average of 73.8 points a game, and are seventh in the conference in scoring margin.
As a matter of fact, in just about every team statistical category, the Lady Panthers are middle of the pack, except for free throw shooting, where they lead the SBC, and they have the 5th best FT shooter in the conference in Kendra Long, who is 87% from the charity stripe and has made 19 straight.
Ms. Long doesn’t just like to hit free throws. She is ranked in the Top 10 in six categories (assist-turnover rate, steals, free throws, 3-point shooting, scoring, assists) and leads the team in most of those. Just keep her off the line, keep the game out of reach, and things will be A-Okay.
Unlike Harper, MCH likes to keep things consistent, at least when it comes to the lineup, so expect to see Gooch out there, along with Chaney Means, Micha Jones, Bianca McGee, and with Govan out, Chanell Lockhart will come in to take her place on the floor.
Both teams are looking to get about .500 in conference play, and it’d be a travesty if so many cute kids leave Diddle sad. So lets get that W!
Stand up and cheers!