Michelle Clark-Heard previews Arkansas State

I spoke earlier today with Western Kentucky women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard, who’s preparing her Lady Toppers for a game at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arkansas State.

The BGDN’s Chad Bishop will be there to cover the game, but some comments from Heard about ASU are available below.

WKU is 12-2 and leading the Sun Belt Conference with a 5-0 mark.

MICHELLE CLARK-HEARD, coach

Team starting to believe: “Every time I sit down and talk to them in the huddle, I’m always so impressed. Even though we’re young and the returners didn’t experience much winning last year, they never have the look of fear in their eyes. Now, they believe we’re supposed to win.”

Win over UALR: “It was one game, but it was a huge game, as far as us getting back to the point where we’re one of the top teams in the conference. That’s our ultimate goal. It is a big deal, and I think it helps show people that the team is working really hard to change the culture.”

Getting a target on their backs: “That’s where you want to be. You always want to be in that position, where people are talking about you and wondering how they’re going to guard you. It’s an adjustment, but it’s a great adjustment.”

Still challenging the players: “We have to get better defensively. We can’t give up 70 points a game, and that is tough because my team looks at me and thinks, ‘Coach, we’re 12-2 and haven’t lost on the road.’ That becomes the challenging part. We keep talking to them about the light at the end of the tunnel.”

About Arkansas State: “It’s a guard-oriented league, and they have some guards who can put it on the floor and drive. (Junior forward Jane) Morrill is a really good post player, and she’s their go-to player. It’s going to be a battle because everywhere we go, we’re going to get everybody’s best shot now.”

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