Lady Toppers look ahead to Saturday’s home game against Sun Belt-leading Arkansas State

The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team hosts Arkansas State at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Red Wolves are atop the Sun Belt standings at 4-1, and the Lady Tops will be looking for some revenge after getting swept in the regular season last year by ASU. The game will be broadcast on WKYU-PBS, ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court.

WKU is coming off a 65-39 home win Wednesday over Arkansas-Little Rock.

We spoke with coach Michelle Clark-Heard and junior forward Chastity Gooch today to preview the game. Here are their comments:

MICHELLE CLARK-HEARD

Moving from Wednesday’s win to Saturday’s game: “It was a great win and exciting for the players, but this is a big game. Arkansas State is leading the conference, and they’ve got a ton of players. … We’re going to have to guard. Just a very balanced attack, and they’re going to be ready to go. They’re coming off a loss, and they’re going to be ready to go when they get in here.”

How did ASU lose to Georgia State: “Georgia State made a lot of shots in the beginning. They pressed and changed up their defenses. Anytime you can do that, you have the opportunity to put a team on their heels.”

Importance of game on standings: “They’re only taking eight teams to the tournament this year, and we want to be in a great position where we can control our own destiny. That’s the opportunity that presents itself (today), to go up against the team that’s won the most games in the conference.”

On ASU’s Gamble: “She brings a ton to them because she can shoot the 3 and put it on the floor and get it to the basket. She’s very offensive-minded. She leads their team. They look for her. When it’s tight and it’s crunch time, they put the ball in her hands, and she’s going to make some decision. But she lets the game come to her.”

Getting revenge for last year: “I know they understand we got swept by Arkansas State. … This is a great opportunity for us on our home court to keep rising and get us to where we need to.”

CHASTITY GOOCH

Wednesday’s win over UALR: “We did everything well. We communicated on the court, and we played as a team.”

On ASU: “Their posts are really good. We know they’ve got a new player, the point guard, and we heard she’s really good.”

Getting revenge on ASU: “It’s not as much us getting revenge on them as it is putting us in a position to win.”

Stepping up with Alexis Govan out: “I just try to make everybody better, encourage everybody and keep pushing.”

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