Crystal Kelly and Charlotte Marshall each posted double-doubles, and four players finished in double figures as the Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team posted its sixth straight win and stayed perfect in Sun Belt Conference play with an 84-53 win over Florida International Sunday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU moved to 12-5 and 5-0 in the Sun Belt, while FIU fell to 6-10 and 2-3 in the league.

Starting point guard Amy McNear scored all eight of her points in the first half, and also led the way with a season-high five assists and a pair of steals. Hope Brown also added 13 points off the bench — her highest scoring output since scoring 14 in the season opener.

The Lady Toppers shot 48.6 percent in the first half, but saw Florida International make it an 8-7 game early on thanks to five straight points by Monika Bosilj. However, a pair of Kelly free throws sparked a 10-0 WKU run as it was able to open up a 18-7 lead thanks to a Brown free throw with 13:08 to go in the half.

WKU was able to double-up the Golden Panthers when a jumper by Amy McNear at the 8:10 mark made it 30-15. That shot sparked another run — this time seeing the Lady Toppers score 13 of 15 points to pull out to a 41-17 advantage on a layup by Arnika Brown with 3:51 remaining. WKU would again open up a 24-point lead when a Dominique Duck layup made it 45-21 with 2:14 remaining, but FIU scored the final seven points of the half to cut the lead to 45-28 at intermission.

Kelly once again led the way for the Lady Toppers as she dropped in a game-high 24 points, and tied a career high with 16 rebounds. Marshall posted her second double-double of the year with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

WKU 76, FIU 60

Courtney Lee recorded a game-high 19 points and three steals Saturday to help lead the Toppers to a 76-60 Sun Belt Conference victory over Florida International at Diddle Arena.

While he was the only Hilltopper in double figures scoring, Tyrone Brazelton and Steffphon Pettigrew chipped in with nine points each while D.J. Magley and Orlando Mendez-Valdez both scored eight as WKU (12-5, 4-1 Sun Belt) picked up its fourth win in the last five outings.

After starting off six for their first 19 from the field, the Toppers connected at a 57.1 percent rate in the second half and finished the game shooting 50.9 percent overall.

— Staff and wire reports


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