Michelle Clark-Heard previews ULM as Lady Tops prepare for final stretch

We met with WKU women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard today to preview Wednesday’s home game against Louisiana-Monroe.

The Lady Tops, who lost 72-53 on Saturday at FIU, play three of their final four games at E.A. Diddle Arena.

MICHELLE CLARK-HEARD

FIU loss: “I felt we played well in the first half, and in the second half, when you shoot 16 percent, it speaks for itself. It was one of those nights. Defensively, when you have two or three big people running in and out the whole time, we hadn’t really faced that this year. They altered our shot some, and shot selection for us was not good.”

Putting loss behind them: “When I talk about moving on, I talk about the great things we’ve been doing in the past. That’s something we have to get back to. You take your losses and you learn from them. I did individual film sessions with a couple of the kids and showed them particular things, but I didn’t want to harp on that game with the whole team continue to point out some of the things we didn’t do.”

What they can take from FIU game: “We’ve never been in a position where we came out in the second half and a team consistently kept making shots, and we couldn’t score. That was a learning situation. We talked about defense and finding other ways to stay in the game.”

Team bouncing back after losses: “You have to be very proud of this group. We’ve learned how to come back in after a loss and do the things we need to get better.”

Playing at home: “We’ve talked about how awesome it is for us to compete on the road like we have, and now we can come back home, and the fans can come watch us. Our goal is always to win our home games.”

First game vs. ULM: “When you win, you’ve always got to go back and look at the things that worked. But they’re going to go back and watch that game film and see the things that hurt them, because that was a close game until the last seven minutes.”

How ULM has improved: “They’ve grown up a whole lot. They’ve got kids that can score. They get the ball out in transition, and Shaw can shoot the 3. It’s going to be a big test for us. Don’t look at their record and think it’s not going to be a game.”

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