Lady Tops debut at Hilltopper Hysteria; Wright out at least six weeks

WKU freshman guard LeAsia Wright

WKU freshman guard LeAsia Wright

I had to miss Western Kentucky’s Hilltopper Hysteria basketball kick-off event tonight while I was covering high school football, but BGDN writer Chad Bishop was in Diddle Arena covering things, including the Lady Toppers.

The big news for the Lady Tops was that freshman guard LeAsia Wright is out for at least six weeks with an injured right thumb, coach Michelle Clark-Heard confirmed.

Heard told Chad Bishop that Wright, who had a sling on her right arm Friday night, had a pin placed in her right hand recently because of a thumb injury. Wright was active and participating on the first day of practice Oct. 1.

Wright averaged 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.2 assists per game during her senior season at Manual High School in Louisville. She was one of the Lady Toppers’ prime candidates to start at point guard.

Her absence leaves WKU with 10 healthy players on the roster, as sophomore guard Ileana Johnson was back from a sprained ankle that kept her out of practice early last week.

As for the Lady Toppers’ scrimmage, the Red team earned a 20-18 win over the Gray team. Sophomore guard Danay Fothergill led the Red squad with seven points, and freshman forward Mariah Sunkett had seven rebounds.

The Gray team was paced by nine points from sophomore Alexis Govan. Nine Lady Toppers scored in the game.

WKU opens its season Nov. 2 with an exhibition game against Harding University.

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