Lady Toppers’ leading scorer Alexis Govan out with stress fracture in left tibia

Western Kentucky junior guard Alexis Govan speaks to reporters Thursday at the team's media day.  (Joshua Lindsey/Daily News)

Western Kentucky junior guard Alexis Govan speaks to reporters in the preseason at the team’s media day. (Joshua Lindsey/Daily News)

The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team announced before Saturday’s game at Troy that junior star Alexis Govan is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in her left tibia.

Govan will likely return in late January, the program said in a statement.

Govan, a 5-foot-10-inch guard from San Antonio, missed Wednesday’s 74-65 loss at South Alabama. It was the first time she hasn’t started a WKU game since Jan. 28, 2012, at Florida International during her freshman season.

WKU said in a release before Wednesday’s game that Govan, the team’s leading scorer, was in a walking boot and on crutches “in order to maximize her recovery efforts.”

Govan is averaging 16.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 steals over 11 games this season. She’s scored in double figures in 47 straight games that she’s played in, and coming into Wednesday’s game, she was producing 23 percent of the team’s scoring, 25 percent of the assists and 24 percent of the steals.

“It’s different,” WKU senior guard Chaney Means said Friday, before the announcement. “It’s tough, not having your leading scorer. I think that’s a big reason why coach has been harping on our defense, because you’re not going to make up all those points. That’s why our defense has to get better.

“Alexis is a huge part of our team, and we’re going to miss her while she’s gone, but we’ve got to still continue to grow and get better. This could be a good time for us as a team to work on some things and all try to improve.”

The Lady Tops play three games this month from Jan. 22 forward. If Govan returned for the first of those, Jan. 22 at Louisiana-Monroe, she would miss five total games, retroactive to Wednesday’s loss at South Alabama.

Junior guard Chanell Lockhart is starting in Govan’s place today. Redshirt freshman guard Kendall Noble earned the starting nod Wednesday. The Lady Tops (8-4, 0-1 Sun Belt Conference) face Troy at 2:30 p.m. today at Trojan Arena. Be sure to follow the BGDN’s Chad Bishop on Twitter for updates.

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