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.

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