Michelle Clark-Heard talks Shalika Smith, Alexis Govan, her first technical on radio show

Just a few interesting quotes to pass along from Western Kentucky women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s weekly radio show Monday night. Nothing earth-shattering, but she touched on a few topics we didn’t get to in today’s media availability and expanded on a few we did talk about.


On Glasgow center, WKU signee Shalika Smith’s play in All ‘A’ Classic: “I’m super-proud of her. The sky’s the limit for her. She hasn’t tapped anywhere near where her potential is. She just plays so hard. Great young lady. She’s aggressive. The couple times I’ve gone to watch her play, she always gets in foul trouble because she’s so aggressive. She’ll go get the ball, now. That’s one of the things I loved about her when I first saw her.”

On UALR sitting in middle of conference standings: “Let me tell you something. Coach Foley is an unbelievable coach, and he gets those girls to play hard for him. And at the end of the day, he also understands for us in this conference, we have to win the conference. You win the conference tournament, it doesn’t make a difference what the record is.”

On Saturday’s loss to Texas State: “When I went back and watched film, and even sitting through the game, we didn’t play as hard as we needed to play. … We had struggled in some games but then found a way to win, and this one came back to bite us.”

Missing Alexis Govan: “She’s our energy. She always has been. That’s what she does. It’s hard. You take away 17 points and everything else, but you also take that off the floor, too. There’s a lot of people that are not comfortable stepping out of their comfort zones and doing those things, and that’s what we’re looking for. We’ve got to find somebody who’s going to step out on a limb and do that.”

Someone else needing to be outgoing: “We have some introverted kids, and you have to have a personality where you can be the one to stand up, jump up and cheer, chest-bump and high-five. It doesn’t come naturally for a lot of them.”

The hope that Govan will be back to provide energy at some point: “Yep, that’s our hope.”

More on Govan’s intangibles: “For people who haven’t watched us play and don’t really know how much Alexis brings to the table, you could say, ‘Oh, well,’ but you’ve got to see her. It’s not just her scoring. It’s her energy and her athletic ability.”

On her first technical during Saturday’s game: “I wasn’t happy about that, because if I got one – I was trying to go – that’s not what I like to do. I was hoping that if I ever got one, it was going to be worth it. I didn’t get an earful on that one.” **At which point, radio host Barry Williams suggested they’ll find another technical to get Heard her money’s worth.** “No, I don’t want to find another one.”


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