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W. Kentucky 101, Texas-Pan American 40

January 24, 1997

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) _ Leslie Johnson scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 23 Western Kentucky defeated Texas-Pan American 101-40 in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night.

Texas-Pan American (3-12, 1-4 Sun Belt) trailed only 6-3 after two minutes before the Lady Toppers pulled away with a 20-3 spurt, led by Danielle McCulley’s six points.

Western Kentucky’s pressure defense caused 19 first-half turnovers as the Lady Toppers stretched their lead to 43-18 at the half.

The Lady Toppers improved their shooting in the second half, hitting 24-of-40 shots from the field to continue the route. Western Kentucky (12-5, 4-1) outrebounded Texas-Pan American 51-25.

Laurie Townsend scored 12 points for Western Kentucky, while Jaime Walz had 11 and McCulley and Stacie Gamble added 10 apiece.

Royla Rideaux and Michelle Hinton led Texas-Pan American with 9 points each.

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