As usual the stakes are high in this Battle of the Bluegrass State. Like many popular rivalries, this rivalry is rooted in a turf battle. It's an in-state war.
Greg Collins has been on staff, the Lady Toppers have battled 11 ranked opponents, coming away with a victory over one in each of the last three seasons. Tuesday's game will mark the fifth time that WKU has faced a ranked Louisville squad since , with the four previous meetings being decided by an average of only 10 points.
Walz served as an assistant coach under the legendary Paul Sanderford at WKU during the season, and former Lady Topper head coach Michelle Clark-Heard served as an assistant under Walz with the Cardinals for five seasons.
WKU will be eyeing its first top-5 victory since defeating No. Perhaps most impressively, WKU's average time of possession in the contest was just 12 seconds as the Lady Toppers were able to execute their gameplan nearly to perfection.
Among players who attempted at least five shots, five of seven players knocked down better than half of their attempts against the Yellow Jackets.
Had the 29 assists counted for WKU's records, the total would have been tied for seventh in a single game in school history and would have been the Lady Toppers' most in a game since having 37 against Lamar on Jan.
In , WKU won the tournament title after being picked first, and repeated as champions in after a second-place pick. Central Michigan is also receiving votes in the preseason AP poll.
The Lady Toppers enter the season with an game winning streak on their home floor dating back to Nov. Diddle Arena.