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November 29, 2012

Lady Toppers top Warhawks

MONROE, La. -- Turnovers plagued ULM (1-5, 0-1) on Thursday night against Western Kentucky (4-1, 2-0). The Warhawks committed 36 turnovers leading to 31 points for the Lady Toppers.

Alexar Tugler led the way for ULM with a season-high 17 points while Sharnice Brookscollected a career-high 12 points. Four scored in double-figures for WKU paced by 19 from Alexis Govan. Chastity Gooch collected her fifth straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

ULM started fast and led 6-5 after three minutes of action powered by its transition game. The Lady Topps answered with a 7-2 spurt and led 12-8 with 13:46 left in the half.

Sharnice Brooks have ULM the lead again, 15-14, at the 11:48 mark. WKU collected five unanswered points and led 24-17 with 7:46 left before the break. A five-minute scoring drought allowed the Lady Topps to extend its lead 27-17.

The Warhawks were able to close to the gap before the break and trailed 29-26 at halftime. Brooks and Alexar Tugler led ULM with seven points, a career-high for Brooks. Alexis Govan led WKU with 11 points. The Lady Toppers had 21 points off turnovers.

Alexar Tugler banked home a triple to tie the game, 29-29, two minutes into the second half. WKU responded with a flurry and jumped back ahead, 35-31, at the 16-minute mark.

With 11:39 to play, WKU held onto a 40-39 advantage. The lead grew to six at 49-43 with 7:30 left in the game after a three-pointer from Chaney Means. An 18-4 run gave WKU its largest lead of the night, 55-43, with 6:24 remaining.

In the final minutes, ULM would get as close as six but no closer and the Lady Toppers would collect its second Sun Belt win in as many tries.



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