Lady Tops pick up first 2016 verbal from Bath County forward Sarah Price

The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team’s recruiting momentum kept rolling Wednesday, as the Lady Toppers picked up a verbal commitment from Bath County junior Sarah Price.

Price – a 6-foot-2-inch forward – is WKU’s first commit in the 2016 class.

“I’ve been going to Western ever since my sixth-grade year to the state tournament, so I was really familiar with the campus,” Price said. “I love all the facilities. When coach (Michelle Clark-Heard) called and I went down there on a visit, I fell in love with all of them.”

Price said WKU’s physical therapy program also impressed her. Butler was the other school seriously in the mix for her, she said.

Price averaged 19.4 points and 11.9 rebounds as a sophomore at Bath County, helping the Lady Cats to a 15-9 record.

She averaged 14.8 points and 11.4 rebounds as a freshman, and 7.8 points and 9.8 boards as an eighth-grader. She plays her AAU ball for the West Virginia Thunder.

“I’m more of an inside player, but I can stretch out and shoot inside-out to the 3-point line,” Price said. “I can rebound pretty well and block shots, so those are my main strengths.”

WKU picked up an in-state 2015 verbal commitment last week from forward Dee Givens out of Lafayette High School in Lexington. Its other reported ’15 commits are Arkansas point guard Sidnee Bopp, Georgia shooting guard Kayla Smith and Alabama wing player Morgan Tipton.

“Two commitments in 7 days,” Heard posted on Twitter on Wednesday. “Great Day to be a TOPPER.. #tobecontinued”

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