We met today with WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard and freshman guard Micah Jones to preview Wednesday’s home game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Lady Tops (13-3, 6-1 Sun Belt Conference) are coming off a 86-68 win Saturday over Florida Atlantic and will wear replica jerseys from the 1985 Final Four season as part of Throwback Night.
I also did a one-on-one interview with sophomore walk-on center Ciera Woods, who played previously at Miami Dade College and Ballard High School in Louisville. Some interesting stuff from Woods, who didn’t pick up a basketball until she was a freshman in high school and 6 feet tall.
Look for more about Woods in Wednesday’s BGDN.
MICHELLE CLARK-HEARD, coach
On Louisiana-Lafayette: “They’re a very guard-oriented team. They’re very fast, but they’re young. They’ve got a new coach. The biggest thing is they’ve got three or four freshman playing really well for them. The point guard is quick as lightning. They’re going to press and trap, so we’ve been working on our kids not turning the ball over.”
What do you tell team to avoid letdown against team 1-7 in conference? “Arkansas State, that’s what I can tell them. We went to Little Rock and took care of business, and we went to Arkansas State, and it’s that same situation. I expect us to win on our home floor, anyway.”
On working to decrease turnovers: “It’s hard, I’ll just be honest. We came in as a coaching staff and wanted to correct two things that hindered this team last year – free throws and turnovers. We’ve corrected free throws, and I give the kids credit for that. We focus on it a lot, and they work on it on their own. Turnovers are a lack of focus. Some are going to happen with the way we play, but a lot of them come from charges, traveling or poor decisions.”
On Throwback Night: “It’s a big deal for me because I remember being recruited by Western in ’85, seeing them play in the Final Four and all those things. I try to talk to the kids about that and the history.”
MICAH JONES, freshman guard
On Louisiana-Lafayette, not getting content: “Every team in the conference is pretty even this year. We’ve watched film, and they play really hard and they’re really scrappy. We just have to take care of the ball. We can’t get content with where we are right now. We have to play hard every single game.”
Using Arkansas State game as reminder: “We were really high off the win against Little Rock, and we just kind of let up against Arkansas State and got too happy on the win before that.”
On not being satisfied: “Coach stays on us every practice. She doesn’t allow us to get content. She pushes us every day, so there’s no room for that.”
More on Lafayette: “They play four guards at all times. They’re looking to get a lot of shots up. They’re really good drivers, they press hard and they’re scrappy. They’re about like every other team in our conference.”