Heard talks trip to UALR; Ciera Woods joins team as walk-on

I talked for a few minutes this afternoon with WKU women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard, who’s preparing to lead the Lady Tops (11-2) into a conference road game at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Arkansas-Little Rock.

Heard confirmed that sophomore Ciera Woods, a 6-foot-3-inch center, has joined the team as a walk-on. Woods played at Ballard High School in Louisville and competed last season for Miami Dade College.

Here are a few of Heard’s comments about UALR and Woods:

MICHELLE CLARK-HEARD, coach

Opportunity at UALR: “Right now, the way the standings are, we’re 4-0 and haven’t lost. This is a big opportunity for us. They were favored to the win their side, so I think it’ll give us a good gauge of where we’re at and where we’re going.”

UALR’s Taylor Gault: “She’s a big-time player. She’s very athletic, and her favorite thing to do is shoot the pull-up jumper. We have to contain her and make her put it on the floor. We have to cover the shooters up. I think those three guards are pretty crucial. We can’t let one or two players come out and go crazy on us.”

Lady Tops playing on the road: “They’re comfortable. I’m really fortunate as a coach right now for them to believe they can go into someone else’s house and do what they have to win.”

On Ciera Woods: “She brings some size, which is something we need. I haven’t been able to work with her yet, but her biggest strengths from what I know are running the floor and giving us a defensive presence. I don’t know right now about her offensively, but if she can add defense and rebounding for us, it’ll really help her get in the rotation.”

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