The Lady Toppers defeated the Cardinals, 71-69, inside E.A. Diddle Arena last season.
WKU scored the first eight points of overtime to post the win.
2014-15 CONFERENCE USA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2013-14 WBCA COACHES ALL-AMERICAN HONORABLE MENTION
CAREER: Finished WKU career 4th in career scoring, 8th in career scoring average, 3rd in career rebounds, 5th in career rebounding average, 4th in career blocks, 4th in career steals, T-5th in career minutes played, per game, T-3rd in career field goals made, T-3rd career field goals attempted, 4th career games played, 8th career games started… Won 76 games in final three seasons at WKU.
SENIOR (2014-15): Named Conference USA Player of the Year… Named All-Tournament team selection at Conference USA Championships… Named preseason Conference USA Player of the Year… Named to Naismith Trophy Watch List… One of five players added to Wade Trophy Watch List in February… Ranks in the top five on WKU’s career scoring, rebounds, steals and blocks list… Averaged 17.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for one of the nation’s elite and most balanced teams… Led WKU to first Associated Press ranking since 1997-98… Had 25 points and six rebounds in NCAA Tournament game vs. Texas on March 20, 2015… Earned three Conference USA Player of the Week honors before the turn of the calendar year, the first time that has ever been achieved by a player in the league or by a WKU player. Gooch earned the honor on Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and Dec. 22, 2014… Named to NCAA Starting Five on Nov. 25, 2014… Named to All-Tournament Team at the 2014 Preseason Women’s NIT after leading team to the championship game of the tournament thanks to wins at Colorado and over Albany… Gooch posted 19.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest during the WNIT, converting on nearly 52 percent of her shots. Her most impressive performance came against Colorado, where she led the Lady Toppers with 30 points. She also piled up 10 steals, seven assists and six blocks during the tournament… Named MVP of Hofstra Tournament after posting wins over Tulane and Hofstra… Had eight steals at UTEP on Jan. 22, 2015, becoming seventh player to record 8 or more steals in a game at the time in program history… Became the fourth player in program history to reach 1,500 career points and 1,000 career rebounds during WKU’s Jan. 31, 2015 game with Southern Miss... Became the fifth player in WKU history to grab 1,000 career rebounds during WKU’s Jan. 31, 2015 game with Southern Miss... Reached the 400 point mark for the 2014-15 season during the Feb. 7, 2015 win at Rice, marking the third straight season Gooch had reached that mark. Gooch became the seventh player in WKU history to reach the 400 point mark in three consecutive seasons or more, joining Tanderia Green (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90), Clemette Haskins (1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87), Crystal Kelly (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08), Leslie Logsdon (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05), ShaRae Mansfield (1998-99, 1999-00, 2001-02) and Tiffany Porter Talbert (2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06). Lillie Mason also scored 400 points in each of her seasons at WKU, but did it in two separate streak of back-to-back seasons (1981-82, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86).
"Chastity Gooch has given me every reason to believe she is one of the best players in the nation."
ESPN's LaChina Robinson on Gooch
JUNIOR (2013-14): Named 2014 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the first Lady Topper to win the award twice in program history and just second league player to win the award in consecutive seasons... Averaged 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top Five. Hit 16-of-28 shots, 3-of-6 from three-point range and 9-of-11 from the free throw line in the two contests... Named WBCA All-Region Team... Named CollegeSportsMadness.com Mid-Major All-American Second Team following season... Was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championships after averaging 21.0 points and 11.7 rebounds in three games. Most notable performance was a 26 point, 12 rebound effort against Arkansas State in the championship game of the tournament, hitting 11-of-17 shots and 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc... Finished junior season ranked 18th on WKU's career scoring list at 1,322 points... Led Sun Belt Conference in rebounding for the second consecutive season, becoming the first WKU player to achieve the feat... Her 606 points ranked 10th for a single season in program history and also marked the second straight year at WKU player had surpassed 600 points in a single season, the first time that has happened since 2005-06 through 2007-08 when Crystal Kelly achived the feat in three consecutive seasons... Became just the fourth player in program history to record 500 points as both a sophomore and junior, joing Kelly, Tiffany Porter-Talbert and Lillie Mason on the elite list. She was just the ninth player in the combined history of women's and men's basketball at WKU to achieve the feat... By reaching 400 points in consecutive years, Gooch became the first WKU player to reach the mark in consecutive seasons since Crystal Kelly did it in each of her four seasons at WKU... Her 606 points as a junior ranked third in WKU history amongst juniors, surpased only by Crystal Kelly's 770 points in 2006-07 and Natalie Powers' 736 points in 2000-01.... Ended season on 22-game double figure scoring streak... Became the 35th member of WKU's 1,000 point club on Jan. 22, 2014 on a coast-to-coast drive against ULM in Monroe, La. It was her 11th point of the game as she reached the mark in just 80 games, becoming the 11th player in program history to reach the mark in 80 games or less. Also marked the first time since 2008-09 that two players joined the 1,000 point club in the same season... Earned National Mid-Major Player of the Week honors from CollegeSportsMadness.com on Jan. 27 after posting 26.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game during a two-game road swing at ULM and Louisiana-Lafayette... Earned Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week honors on three occasions in 2013-14... Posted 30 points and 16 rebounds on Jan. 4, 2014 to become the first player with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Feb. 23, 2008 when Crystal Kelly set the WKU scoring record with 42 points and 17 rebounds against ULM in E.A. Diddle Arena... Had 26 points and 30 points in Sun Belt Conference opening games, the first outings of the season without teammate Alexis Govan in the lineup. It marked the first time that a WKU played had scored at least 25 points in the first two Sun Belt Conference games of the season. No other player had scored more than 24 points in each of the first two league games of the year. It was the first time since 2007-08 that a WKU player had at least 20 points in consecutive games to open league play.
SOPHOMORE (2012-13): Named 2013 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the first Lady Topper in school history to win the award from the league and the 11th time a player has won a specialty award in program history (Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year)... 2013 Sun Belt Conference All-Conference First Team... Finished second in the nation in double-doubles in a season with 26, breaking ShaRae Mansfield's 1999-00 record of 22 in a single season... Finished season with the 11th most double-doubles in NCAA Division One history, putting her among such peers as Courtney Paris, Anne Donovan and tying her with USC great Cheryl Miller on the all-time list... Finished season with second most double-doubles in NCAA history for a sophomore by Courtney Paris' 33 double-doubles as a sophomore in 2006-07... Gooch's steak of nine consecutive double-doubles during one stretch of the season set a new school record, besting the eight-game streak by Dianne Depp during the 1980-81 season... Opened season with six consecutive double-doubles, the most to start a season in school history... Finished season with 11.3 rebounds per game, the second most in a single season in WKU history... Finished season with 77 steals, the third most in school history... Finished season with 61 blocks, the fifth most in WKU history... Ranked 97th in nation in scoring, 14th in rebounding, 50th in blocks per game and 47th in field goal percentage... Became seventh player in school history to average a double-double for a single season... Scored 20 points or more on 10 occasions as a sophomore... Posted 12 or more rebounds on 17 occasions in 2012-13... Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Wright State Invitational after scoring 21.0 points and grabbing 14.5 rebounds in wins over Florida A&M and Wright State... Named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20, 2012... Named 2012-13 Sun Belt Conference Preseason All-Conference Third Team Selection.
FRESHMAN (2011-12): Saw action in all 30 games during her rookie season, drawing 12 straight starting assignments midway through the year... Piled up 32 assists and 23 steals... Finished the year ranked 19th in the Sun Belt Conference in rebounds, averaging 5.6 rebounds per game... Made her first career start in a 69-54 win over Louisiana Tech on Dec. 5, 2011, scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds... Recorded a late season stretch with consecutive double-figure rebounding games against South Alabama (Feb. 18, 2012) and Arkansas State (Feb. 22, 2012).
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned a spot on the Kentucky All-Star team after averaging 24.5 points and a state-best 16.4 rebounds per game during her senior season at Franklin-Simpson High School. Her scoring average as a senior ranked fifth in the state of Kentucky ... Earned All-State honors four times, to go along with four All-District and All-Region selections ... Named Fourth Region Player-of-the-Year after both her junior and senior seasons ... Helped guide the Wildcats to the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen championship game as a freshman in 2008 ... Averaged 19 points and 12.5 rebounds per game during her junior season.
PERSONAL: Born May 6, 1993... Daughter of Thomas and Elaine Gooch... Full name is Chastity Danielle Gooch... Was born in Warren County, Kentucky.