Western Kentucky Lady Toppers basketball

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Western Kentucky Lady Toppers
2017–18 Western Kentucky Lady Toppers basketball team
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University Western Kentucky University
First season 1914–15
Head coach 6th season
Conference C-USA
Location Bowling Green, Kentucky
Arena E. A. Diddle Arena
(Capacity: 7,326)
Nickname Lady Toppers
Colors Red and White[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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NCAA Tournament runner-up
1992
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1985, 1986, 1992
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1985, 1986, 1992
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995
NCAA Tournament appearances
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017
Conference tournament champions
Sun Belt: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2008, 2014
C-USA: 2015, 2017
Conference regular season champions
KIAC: 1929
Sun Belt: 1989, 1992, 1993, 1997
Sun Belt East: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
C-USA: 2015, 2017

The Western Kentucky Lady Toppers basketball team represents Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The team currently competes in the NCAA Division I as a member of Conference USA. The current head coach of the Lady Toppers is Michelle Clark-Heard.

Postseason[edit]

Western Kentucky University's women's basketball team has appeared in 30 national postseason tournaments, all since 1984.

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Lady Hilltoppers have appeared in the Women’s NCAA Tournament 19 times. They were NCAA Runners-up in 1992 and made Final Four appearances in 1985 and 1986.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1985 Final Four Middle Tennessee
Texas
Mississippi
vs. Georgia
W 77-55
W 92–90
W 72-68
L 78-91
1986 Final Four St. Joseph’s
vs. James Madison
vs. Rutgers
vs. Texas
W 74-65
W 72–51
W 89-74
L 65-90
1987 First Round at USC L 69–81
1988 First Round at Georgia L 66–84
1989 First Round West Virginia L 57–66
1990 First Round at DePaul L 63–73
1991 Sweet Sixteen Florida State
at Tennessee
W 72–69
L 61–68
1992 NCAA Finals Alabama
vs. Tennessee
vs. Maryland
vs. Southwest Missouri State
vs. Stanford
W 98-68
W 75–70
W 75-70
W 84-72
L 62-78
1993 Sweet Sixteen Miami (FL)
vs. Ohio State
W 78–63
L 73–86
1994 Second Round at Rutgers
at Southern Mississippi
W 84-73
L 69–72
1995 Sweet Sixteen Toledo
Oregon State
at Tennessee
W 77–63
W 85–78
L 67–87
1997 First Round vs. Arizona L 54–76
1998 Second Round vs. Stephen F. Austin
at Tennessee
W 88-76
L 62–82
2000 Second Round vs. Marquette
at Duke
W 68-65
L 70–90
2003 First Round vs. Rutgers L 52–64
2008 First Round vs. UTEP L 60–92
2014 First Round at Baylor L 74–87
2015 First Round vs. Texas L 64–66
2017 First Round vs. Ohio State L 63–70

WNIT results[edit]

The Lady Hilltoppers have appeared in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) 11 times. They made the semifinals of the tournament in 2006 and 2007 and made the quarterfinals in 2001, 2004 and 2016.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1984* Third Round vs. California
vs. Vanderbilt
vs. Clemson
W 82-76
L 79-68
L 110-106 (OT)
1996* Third Round vs. Arizona
vs. Princeton
vs. UC Santa Barbara
L 80-72
W 74-41
L 77-61
2001 Quarterfinals Mississippi
Indiana
Ohio State
W 95–92
W 64–63
L 70-61
2002 First Round at Illinois L 91-84
2004 Quarterfinals Cincinnati
Memphis
at UNLV
W 80–78 (OT)
W 104–87
L 78-75
2005 First Round Xavier L 87-85
2006 Semifinals Tennessee Tech
Charlotte
at Villanova
at Kansas State
W 83–66
W 81–68
W 94–81
L 57-56 (OT)
2007 Semifinals Minnesota
Mississippi State
Hofstra
at Wisconsin
W 73–57
W 56–53
W 72–54
L 79-72
2010 First Round Illinois L 68-51
2013 Second Round East Carolina
at Auburn
W 88–77 (OT)
L 84-66
2016 Quarterfinals Dayton
Tennessee-Martin
at Saint Louis
at South Dakota
W 89–72
W 64-57
W 78-76 (OT)
L 68-54

Rivalries[edit]

Source
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Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters[edit]

WKU–Louisiana Tech: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting WKU wins WKU losses Win %
44 December 3, 1983 (lost 50–82) March 10, 2017 (won 77-53) 18 26 40.9%

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders[edit]

WKU–Middle Tennessee: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting WKU wins WKU losses Win %
70 1924–25 (lost 7–41) February 16, 2017 (won 82-75) 29 41 41.4%

Home venue[edit]

E. A. Diddle Arena[edit]

E.A. Diddle Arena

Players[edit]

WNBA Draft[edit]

Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position WNBA team
2001 3 1 33 Mansfield, ShaRaeShaRae Mansfield F Houston Comets
2006 3 8 36 Porter-Talbert, TiffanyTiffany Porter-Talbert G Los Angeles Sparks
2008 3 3 31 Kelly, CrystalCrystal Kelly F Houston Comets

Coaches[edit]

  • Pam Dickson (1973-74) 4-7 record in 1 season as head coach
  • Dr. Carol Hughes (1974-1976) 22-20 record in 2 seasons as head coach
  • Julia Yeater (1976-1978) 44-18 in 2 seasons as head coach
  • Eileen Canty (1978-1982) 50-62 in 4 seasons as head coach
  • Paul Sanderford (1982-1997) 365-120 in 15 seasons as head coach
  • Steve Small (1997-2001) 88-40 in 4 seasons as head coach
  • Shawn Campbell (2001-2002) 14-12 in 1 season as head coach
  • Marti Whitmore (2002) 2-2 in 1 season as head coach (finished 2002 season after Campbell's departure)
  • Mary Taylor Cowles (2002-2012) 199-119 in 10 seasons as head coach
  • Michelle Clark-Heard (2012-present) 130-39 in 5 seasons as head coach

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