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.