No. 9 W. Kentucky 96, Texas Pan-American 36
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) _ It was a mismatch from the start.
Texas Pan-American, with just one win in 21 games, was a decided underdog when it entered the home court of No. 9 Western Kentucky.
Western (18-1, 7-1 Sun Belt Conference) jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. Texas Pan-American (1-20, 0-9) failed to score in the first 5:22 of the game.
``It’s difficult to play when you’re not challenged. We always want to improve but today it was difficult to find out what we have improved at,″ said Western coach Paul Sanderford.
Lori Abell, recovering from a broken bone in her right hand, led six players in double figures with 17 points for Western.
Western shot 44 percent for the game to just 32 percent for Texas Pan-American.
``I would like to see us shoot the ball better, especially next week,″ when Western faces Auburn and No. 7 Louisiana Tech.
``Auburn has won five straight games so they will be good competition for us,″ Sanderford said. ``We need to play a good basketball team prior to playing Tech.″
The Lady Hilltoppers outrebounded Texas Pan-American 60-26. Tara Cosby had 11 rebounds for Western.
Dawn Warner added 14, Gwen Doyle 12, and Veronica Cook, Jaana Heikkila and Michelle Reed had 10 each for Western. Cook, a senior guard, went over the 1,000-point mark on Sunday.
Michelle Hinton led Texas Pan-American with 15.