Lady Tops Announce full 2020-21 Non-Conference Schedule
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — After eight long months, the WKU women’s basketball team will finally take the court again in November. Head coach Greg Collins announced his team’s non-conference on Wednesday that includes six total games, four of which will be played in E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Lady Toppers will tipoff the season at (RV) Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 28 in Knoxville. The two programs have squared off eight times in program history, with the last matchup coming in 1998 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Four of the games played between WKU and Tennessee have come in the NCAA Tournament, including the Lady Toppers’ win in the 1992 Mideast Regional in West Lafayette, Indiana that sparked a run to the NCAA Championship game for WKU.
WKU’s home opener will come against Bellarmine on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The Lady Toppers will enter the season with a 15-game home winning streak after going a perfect 13-0 in E.A. Diddle Arena last season. WKU was one of only 10 NCAA Division I teams to do so in 2019-20 and it was only the fourth time in modern Lady Topper basketball history.
The Lady Toppers last played Bellarmine in the 2018-19 season when WKU got a 95-57 win in Diddle Arena. WKU leads the all-time series 8-2.
To round out non-conference play, the Lady Toppers will host Ball State (12/5), Mercer (12/18) and Samford (12/21) and will travel to Little Rock (12/13).
WKU and Ball State have enjoyed several close games in series history, including last season’s overtime thriller in Muncie when Dee Givens’ 41-point performance led the Lady Toppers to a 91-86 win. Three of the last four matchups between the teams have ended in a single-digit score differential. WKU has a chance to even up the series with Ball State holding a 5-4 advantage currently. Ball State ended last season with a No. 76 RPI ranking.
The Lady Toppers took on Mercer last season in Macon, Georgia earning a 75-62 victory in only the second game of the 2019-20 season. It will be only the third time WKU has played Mercer in program history with the first meeting coming in the 2017-18 season.
Little Rock and WKU have a storied history with 31 total meetings between the two teams. The Lady Toppers own a 24-7 record in the series and have won two-straight against the Trojans.
WKU also faced Samford just a season ago on the road. The Lady Toppers squeaked out an 88-84 win in Birmingham to take a 2-0 lead in the series history with the Bulldogs.