Column: Appreciating success in women’s sports

At the beginning of the year, we knew there would be a lot of sports playing in the winter and spring this year due to COVID-19.

It was expected of the men’s basketball team to be “the” team, if there weren’t any others, that would go all the way to the NCAA Tournament.

We all know how painfully that ended, but it showed us how much the women’s sports have really carried WKU’s athletic department this year.

The two teams located at the bottom of the Hill have been putting on an absolute show this year. WKU softball picked up right where they left off last season.

After having eight games canceled and four postponed so far this season, you would think there would be a lot of inconsistent play, but the Hilltoppers currently sit at 15-4 with half of their losses coming against a ranked Mississippi State.

Offensively, six players bat over .300 with redshirt senior Paige Carter leading the pack with a .418 hitting percentage and a whopping 1.300 on base percentage. The deadly pitching rotation led by WKU softball legend senior Kelsey Aikey and redshirt junior Shelby Nunn has proven to be a force again, with all pitchers giving up three runs or less per game. Read more