Lady Tops Down Ball St. 68-61

December 26, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU led by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter before holding off a strong rally down the stretch to claim a 68-61 win over Ball State in its non-conference finale inside E.A. Diddle Arena on Wednesday evening.

Despite being outscored by 10 points in the third quarter, the Lady Toppers (8-4) never relinquished the lead in part due to strong three-point shooting (9-of-23, 39.1 percent) on the evening. Ball State (6-5) dropped its second straight game and fell in a true road game for the first time this season. NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers guard Kendall Noble (12) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers guard Kendall Noble (12) hits a tough jumper during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers guard Kendall Noble (12) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers guard Kendall Noble (12) splits two defenders during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers guard Micah Jones (5) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers guard Micah Jones (5) passes the ball during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers head coach Michelle Clark-Heard during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers head coach Michelle Clark-Heard talks with the team during a time out during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers head coach Michelle Clark-Heardduring an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers head coach Michelle Clark-Heard points to where the defender is during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers forward Tashia Brown (10) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers forward Tashia Brown (10) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (25) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (25) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers forward Tashia Brown (10) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers forward Tashia Brown (10) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers guard Whitney Creech (15)during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers guard Whitney Creech (15)during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers forward Tashia Brown (10) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers forward Tashia Brown (10) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers guard Kendall Noble (12)during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers guard Kendall Noble (12)during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers forward Tashia Brown (10) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers forward Tashia Brown (10) during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21NCAA WBB 2016: Cardinals vs Lady Toppers DEC 21WKU Lady Toppers during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Lady Toppers during an NCAA women's basketball game between Ball St. Cardinals  vs the WKU Lady Toppers, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)