The WKU Lady Toppers first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament since 2007-08 is made even more remarkable when you considered that it has happened without one of the team’s scoring leaders.
Junior guard Alexis Govan has been sidelined since December 21st with a stress fracture of the leg and likely won’t play until next season. Despite her injury, Govan remains upbeat. She’s been cheering on teammates from the bench and says she's looking forward to the team’s trip to Waco.
“It’s going to be fun. Texas is a great place for Western to play and we’ve had some success there, so everybody knows that we have to be up and be positive. It’s a big game and a big opportunity,” said Govan.
The trip to Texas will be a trip home for Govan, a San Antonio native. WKU head coach Michelle Clark-Heard says the team misses her presence, and her 16 points per game, but the good news is Govan’s injury won’t likely require surgery.
“I know this has been a very, very slow process, but you know what, the doctors have told her that she’s definitely making a ton more progress,” said Clark-Heard.
Govan’s teammates will need all the moral support they can get Saturday evening as they face a stiff challenge going up against second-seeded Baylor. Tip off is at 5:30 Saturday and the game will be televised on ESPN2.