Heard, Gooch on Lady Toppers’ 86-69 win Saturday at Troy

The Western Kentucky women’s basketball rolled to victory Saturday without junior standout Alexis Govan, earning an 86-69 win at Troy. The Lady Tops announced before the game that Govan is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in her left tibia.

The BGDN’s Chad Bishop was in Troy today and passed along some quotes from coach Michelle Clark-Heard and forward Chastity Gooch, who scored a career-high 30 points with 16 rebounds.

Michelle Clark-Heard

On Gooch: “Oh, holy cow. She is just incredible. Just the will to continue to keep getting better and working. She’s a beast and hard to stop. I’m just proud of her because she just never gives up. We’re everyday trying to put her in different positions so she can be successful and she’s a joy to coach.”

Halftime message: “That’s the thing, playing a team like Troy who likes to get up and down the floor – we gave up a lot of open 3s. That’s something I was proud of in the second half is we came out and adjusted. We were running some different defenses and things we had worked on, so we had to go in the locker room and tweak some of those things.”

Life without Govan: “You saw ’em today, and that’s what it’s about, every single day having the opportunity for people to step up and we’re a team and that’s what we talked to them about is stepping up.”

Chastity Gooch

Big night: “We played this game for Alexis. She’s just been through a lot and we owed it to her.”

Picking up the scoring slack: “Everybody, I feel, stepped up. Coach has been talking about it and has kept putting confidence in our head that everybody needs to step up, not just one person, but everybody.”

Halftime message: “We just had to keep playing defense. We wanted to make them do something that they didn’t want to do, and that was to guard us.”

Pace of play: “They’re a quick team and they like to throw up quick shots. We knew it’d be a fast-paced game, so, yes, I was ready for it to end.”

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