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4:13 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Lady Toppers Appear Undaunted as Preparations Continue For Matchup with No. 2 Baylor

Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard with the Sun Belt Conference trophy Wednesday
Credit Emil Moffatt

The WKU women’s basketball team has made a habit of coming back in games this season.

A big rally last week against Arkansas State in the Sun Belt Conference championship propelled them to an NCAA tournament appearance on Saturday.  The Lady Toppers will travel to Waco, Texas to face No. 2 seed Baylor.  WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard says her team can’t afford to fall behind against the Lady Bears.

“They can put up numbers fast,” said Clark-Heard.  “If you can’t withstand that first four minutes, it’s going to be crucial for us.  It becomes very crucial that we continue to have the confidence that we had. It’s going to be a different atmosphere, but the floor is going to be the same length and the rim is going to be the same height.”

She says her team is thrilled to have won the Sun Belt Conference championship, but says the Lady Toppers are not satisfied.

“We’re hungry for the opportunity for people that haven’t had a chance to see Western Kentucky,” said Clark-Heard.  “For us to have the opportunity to be able to show them who Western Kentucky is – and that’s how hard we play, the things we do.  We want to be able to make sure we’re able to do those things.”

Clark-Heard says one of the keys to the game will be stopping Baylor’s Odyssey Sims, who is averaging 28 points-per-game this season.  Saturday’s game is at 5:30 p.m. central and will be broadcast by ESPN 2.