Wrapping up the Men’s C-USA Championships for WKU

The Western Kentucky University Men’s Basketball Team fell to the Old Dominion Monarchs in the C-USA Tournament Championship on Saturday night 62-56. Here’s one final recap by RedZone Radio’s John Alden. Listen to John and the rest of the team discuss the events of the weekend Sunday night at 7 on Revolution 91.7.

Charles Bassey led the Hilltoppers in scoring with 12 points, and Josh Anderson and Jared Savage also made it to double figures.

Coach Stansbury had lots to say about his team during the postgame press conference.

“We didn’t make some shots as well as we have to,” Coach stated. “Give them [Old Dominion] some credit defensively. We still had our opportunities.”

Jared Savage said he was disappointed in his team’s lack of toughness in the early going.

“Whenever you play a team like that, they’re tough, they’re rough, they’re gonna bump you around,” Savage said. “You gotta bring that energy, and I don’t think we brought it the first half.”

When reflecting on the outcome, Coach Stansbury went back to what he’s been talking about since day one: a fine line.

“We take no moral victories away from here being in this championship game,” Coach said. “We want to find a way to win it, and winning and losing’s a fine line.”

The Hilltoppers will learn their postseason fate in the coming days. The team will likely earn a bid to either the NIT or the CBI. Coach Stansbury said he hasn’t given any thought as to whether his team will accept a bid or not.

Fans can watch the team’s press conference in its entirety on the WKU RedZone Radio Facebook page.

2019 Men’s & Women’s C-USA ChampionshipsRecap: Semifinals

RedZone Radio’s John Alden has another recap for you, so you can be ready to catch the show this Sunday from 7 – 8 PM on Revolution 91.7!

Men:

WKU Men’s Basketball kicked things off for us today at 3:00pm as the Hilltoppers defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and slowed down their high-powered offense en route to earning a spot in tomorrow’s C-USA Championship title game. Josh Anderson and Taveion Hollingsworth led the way in scoring with 18 points and 17 points respectively.

“They (Southern Miss) were the hottest team in this tournament,” Coach stated. “But our guys found a way to make enough plays to win the game.

Hollingsworth knew he had to be focused late in the game to ensure his team would have a chance to win in the end.

“The first half I didn’t shoot too well,” Hollingsworth said. “The second half I knew my team needed me to step up, so I knew I had to lock in on offense and do what I gotta do.”

Coach Stansbury said he knows it will be a tough challenge tomorrow going up against a team that’s already defeated his squad twice this season.

“We’ll have to play extremely well to have a chance to win this,” Coach stated. “But we have an opportunity as a coach, as a player, as fans, as administrators. That’s all you ask for.”

The Hilltoppers will be playing for a C-USA Tournament title as well as an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament next week when they take on Old Dominion tomorrow night at 7:30pm (CT). The game will be broadcasted live on CBS Sports Network.

Women:

The Lady Toppers’ C-USA Tournament run came to an end this evening as they fell to the top-seeded Rice Owls in a game that was much closer than expected. Alexis Brewer and Arame Niang both had solid performances during the game, scoring 17 points and 15 points respectively.

“I told our players I was really proud of their effort, their competitiveness,” Coach stated. “I thought they executed the game plan about as well as we could have executed it.

Alexis Brewer gave her teammate, Arame Niang, a ton of credit for her performance after Raneem Elgedawy exited the game due to foul trouble.

“I think Arame really stepped up big for us tonight coming out and hitting those threes,” Brewer stated. “She really played hard tonight offensively and defensively.”

Although the Lady Toppers’ C-USA title run ended earlier than he wanted, Coach Collins is still very pleased with his team’s growth when looking back on the season.

“I feel like the last five ball games we’ve played really hard together,” Coach stated. “That’s really the growth of this team, not relying on their individual skills as much as relying on their teammates and working hard together.”

The WKU Women’s Basketball season isn’t over quite yet, however. The team placed a bid to host an opening round game for the WNIT, and they will find out if they have earned one sometime early next week.


Just Call it a Comeback: Sharon Van Etten’s Remind Me Tomorrow

An Album Review by MJ. Catch her on-air every Tuesday from 1 PM – 2 PM on Revolution 91.7.

2019 has seen Americans dishing on  super moons, government shutdowns and Jordyn Woods, but the indie underground is steady streaming perhaps the biggest news this year has delivered yet—the release of Remind Me Tomorrow, the fifth full-length studio album release from the folk goddess herself, Sharon Van Etten.

While Van Etten bowed out of the spotlight for a time after 2015`s Are We There Yet, in the four years since her last album Van Etten has graced Netflix super natural thriller The OA, returned to college in pursuit of a psychcology degree, and gave birth to her first child.

But if you really want to know what she’s been up to, she dishes all in her most optimal album to date.

Van Etten’s fans have always regarded her for her atmospheric harmonies and poetically sultry pianos, and the new sound is a sexy as ever. Remind Me Tomorrow delivers all of the elements that hooked fans, with a freshly grated sprinkle of synthesizers and organs that adds a pop feel to songs like “Comeback Kid,” the first single.

Lines like “Yeah I’m the runaway / I’m the hardly stay / Let me slip away,” suggest a once hard-to-pin-down gal might be considering commitment, tying perfectly into the album’s theme. The 39-year-old is clearly comfortably in love, and this album depicts that in a way that’ll make ya want to do a little shimmy in the kitchen in your underwear, while you’re waiting for your bagel bites to cool.

“Jupiter 4” is eerily romantic, proclaiming “our love is for real” and giving listeners all the feels of euphoria felt in the arms of a secure relationship. It’s total “this is going to last a lifetime” vibes.

It awakens your 18-year-old self and inspires memories of creeping softly for a late night bathroom break, in an attempt to not wake your snoring partner. It leaves you aching for THAT all over again. Word on the street is that John Congleton produces this masterpiece, the same genius behind Phases by Angel Olsen, slanging a progressiveness that’s nothing if not stunning.

An open letter to New York City, “Seventeen,” is a sultry dance setup served with a side of Cindi Lauper-like chills. “Downtown hot spot / Halfway up the street / I used to be free / I used to be seventeen” signifies a tunnel back in time, reminiscing of both freedom and growing pains throughout innocent days.

“I see you so uncomfortably alone / I wish I could show you how much you’ve grown,” Van Etten piercingly trills. If life is like riding a train backwards,  so that only what’s behind us is visible, this tracks gives an all-knowing depiction that only a spiritual guru could match.

Remind Me Tomorrow is Sharon Van Ettens most tantalizing album yet, raw yet polished. She gets her grown woman on in a raw and sassy  storytelling mode with relatable insights into where she has been , where she is, and where she is going. Perhaps time has made my heart fonder, but maybe, just maybe, she truly is the ultimate comeback kid.

2019 Men’s & Women’s C-USA Championships Recap: Quarterfinals

Representatives from RedZone Radio made it out to Texas to cover the Men’s and Women’s C-USA Championship Quarterfinals. Here’s the round-up, presented by John Alden.

Women:

The Lady Toppers got things started off on the right foot for WKU as they defeated 5-seed Old Dominion to earn a spot in the semifinals on Friday. The Tops received outstanding performances from Whitney Creech and Raneem Elgedawy, both of which notched a double-double on the day.

“The key I felt like going in was that we were really gonna have to attack the rim,” Coach Greg Collins stated.

Creech was particularly impressed by her team’s ability to attack in transition.

“I think this was one of our better games in transition,” Creech stated. “We were very successful in getting the ball out quick, pushing it, and getting easy layups.”

Coach Collins knows tomorrow’s matchup against the top-seeded Rice Owls will be difficult, but he believes his team is up for the challenge.

“They (Rice) change the way you play because of how they play,” Coach stated. “But we’re excited about the opportunity to play them for a chance to advance to the championship.”

The Lady Toppers will continue their trek to another C-USA Tournament title tomorrow evening when they face Rice at 5:30pm (CT). The game will be broadcast live on WKU’s PBS station as well as the Stadium streaming network.

Men:

WKU Men’s Basketball capped off the day with a strong performance on both ends of the floor, coming away with a 67-51 victory against the North Texas Mean Green to secure a spot in the semifinals on Friday. Taveion Hollingsworth led all scorers during the game with 19 points.

Coach Rick Stansbury knew it was important to get off to a hot start against a North Texas team that was riding momentum coming into the game.

“It’s always good when you can do that,” Coach stated. “It gives you a lot of confidence particularly in your first game.”

Taveion Hollingsworth understands the importance of finishing games and refusing to give up big leads in late game situations.

“We’ve been in multiple situations like that,” Hollingsworth stated. “Teams are gonna go on runs, and you gotta find ways to get around that.”

Stansbury knows the quick turnaround tomorrow can’t affect the performance of his team, especially because their opponent will have to deal with it as well.

“Whatever it is, that team playing out there, they gotta play under the same circumstances that we have to play,” Coach stated. “You know everybody’s playing you-lose-you-go-home. A lot of urgency right now.”

The Hilltoppers will have a shot at earning a trip to the C-USA Championship game tomorrow afternoon when they take on Southern Miss 3:00pm (CT). The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.