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Today@WKU: January 8, 2018

Welcome to Today@WKU, the daily newsletter from WKU Public Affairs, for January 8, 2018.

WKU News

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WKU Sports

  • Darius Thompson recorded a triple-double in WKU’s 112-87 win at Marshall on Saturday night.

    Men’s basketball: Thompson’s Triple-Double Sparks Hilltoppers’ 112-87 Rout at Marshall: WKU senior guard Darius Thompson recorded the second triple-double in program history Saturday night, and the Hilltoppers scored their most points since 1994 in a 112-87 rout at Marshall. Thompson finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 36 minutes, joining former WKU great Orlando Mendez-Valdez (Jan. 1, 2009 vs. Troy) as the only Hilltoppers with a triple-double. Next: WKU (11-5, 3-0 C-USA) at Old Dominion at 7 p.m. CT Thursday.

  • Women’s basketball: Big Fourth Quarter Powers Lady Toppers Past Southern Miss, 81-60: Leading 55-50 entering the final quarter of play, WKU outscored Southern Miss 26-10 over the final 10 minutes in Saturday’s rematch of the 2017 C-USA Tournament championship game to claim an 81-60 win over the Golden Eagles inside E.A. Diddle Arena. Ivy Brown led all scorers with 23 points, including a perfect 10-of-10 mark from the free throw line, and added eight rebounds. Next: WKU (11-4, 2-0 C-USA) vs. FIU at 7 p.m. Thursday at Diddle Arena.
  • Track & Field: WKU Trio Honored at KTCCCA/USATF-Kentucky Awards Program: Current WKU Track & Field head coach Erik Jenkins and former Hilltopper standouts Sharika Smith and Christina Brown Wells were recognized at Saturday’s KTCCCA/USATF-Kentucky Awards Program for their accomplishments. Jenkins was tabbed as the 2017 University Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year while Smith and Wells were both inducted into the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Association Hall of Fame in Lexington.

More: For updates on WKU Athletics, follow @WKUSports on Twitter or WKU Athletics on Facebook.

WKU in the News

  • WKU president outlines priorities for lawmakers: Facing budget cuts and a pension system short billions of dollars, WKU will likely face difficult decisions in the coming months, according to WKU President Timothy C. Caboni.
  • Upcoming seminar will cover needs of gifted students with disabilities: Understanding how to meet and advocate for a gifted student’s academic needs can be daunting, but when that student also has a disability it can become much more challenging for teachers and parents. These students, known as twice-exceptional students, are the subject of an upcoming seminar hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.
  • Thompson’s triple-double helps WKU make early-season statement: When Darius Thompson first toured E.A. Diddle Arena this summer he saw a biography of the great Orlando Mendez-Valdez. What caught his eye was the fact that Mendez-Valdez was the only player in the storied history of WKU men’s basketball to record a triple-double. “I was trying to get a triple-double this whole year,” Thompson said. “I told Harold (Miller) our (graduate assistant), ‘I’m gonna be the second one. Watch.’ I finally got it.” Thompson finished with a career-high 33 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds Saturday while WKU was pulverizing Marshall 112-87 inside the Cam Henderson Center. More: Anderson shines in highly-anticipated debut

More: Check out WKU in the News page.

WKU Alumni

More: Visit the WKU Alumni website.

What’s Happening At-WKU

Ongoing/continuing events

Tuesday, Jan. 9

Thursday, Jan. 11

  • 5 p.m.: WKU Glasgow Visit Day. WKU Glasgow, room 131. Contact John Roberts, (270) 861-6984.
  • 7 p.m.: Lady Topper Basketball vs. FIU. Diddle Arena. Contact Athletic Communications, (270) 745-4298
  • 7 p.m.: Hardin Planetarium Show: Musica. Hardin Planetarium. Contact Planetarium, (270) 745-4044.

Saturday, Jan. 13

For upcoming events: Visit the What’s Happening at WKU page, Events@WKU page or WKU’s online events calendar

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