Kentucky State's Thorobrettes coach Carol Clark has always encouraged Felicia West to shoot the ball more.
Coming into the game, Clark said West - who is the team's leading scoring at 16.7 points per game - has been hesitant at times to shoot the ball until the waning minutes of the game.
But West must have heeded Clark's advice because the senior guard launched a barrage of shots to finish with a game-high 33 points en route to leading her team to a 78-68 victory over Lane College Saturday afternoon at the Exum Center.
The win snaps a seven-game losing streak by KSU and ups its record to 3-14 overall and 2-10 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Clark said she was pleased to see West pull the trigger and create shots for herself to open the game.
"She's a great player," West said. "In the past she's been waiting until like the last two or three minutes to start shooting the ball. And I told her, 'You're a shooter, you gotta shoot the ball because we depend on you on to score. If you put it up and if it doesn't go in then we'll go get the rebound'. She wasn't hesitant and had a lot of confidence in her shot."
The win gives the team a much needed boost of confidence and a wave to ride as it plays its next five games in the friendly confines of the Exum Center, Clark said.
"I think that's just the biggest thing," Clark said. "They just need to know that they can win. And I think this may be the one that takes us there."