WKU will face Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. CT in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championships at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, La.
WKU is the second seed in next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament in New Orleans, La., and will begin its defense of back-to-back tournament titles in the semifinals on Saturday at 4:30 PM (CT), the conference announced Saturday night.
WKU used strong performances from its pitching staff and solid two-out hitting to sweep Saturday's double-header against Illinois at Nick Denes Field. The Hilltoppers (9-5) defeated the Fighting Illini (6-6) 4-3 with a late rally in game one and hung on to win game two by a score of 5-3.
The Western Kentucky University softball team (14-6-1) defeated its highest-ranked opponent in program history, downing No. 2 Tennessee (19-2) by a score of 3-2 on Saturday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Chastity Gooch and Bria Gaines combined for 44 points and 19 rebounds as WKU close out the regular season with a 79-63 win over Georgia State in Atlanta to secure the second seed in the upcoming SBC Tournament.