The Western Kentucky women's basketball team officially announced Wednesday the signing of three 2013 recruits on the first day of the November early signing period.

The Lady Toppers have added 6-foot forward Aleeya Harris from John Jay High School in San Antonio; 6-foot-2-inch center Bria Gaines from Bloom Township High School in Glenwood, Ill.; and 5-4 guard Kierra Muhammad from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington.

“I’m really excited about this class and looking forward to bring them on board with our current team next season,” coach Michelle Clark-Heard said in a news release. “We were fortunate to be able to sign some great players in the spring when I first got the job, but this is truly our first signing class in terms of kids we were able to have some time with to build relationships.”

Muhammad averaged 10.2 points per game during her junior season at Dunbar, helping the Lady Bulldogs to a 30-7 record and a berth in the semifinals of the state tournament.

Gaines averaged 27.3 points, 16.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game during her junior season at Bloom Township, recording a double-double in all but one game last season.

Harris averaged nine points and 5.6 rebounds per game during her junior season at John Jay. She also averaged 15.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and five blocks per game for the AAU South Texas Hoyas.

With no seniors on the 2012-13 roster, the Lady Toppers have one scholarship available.

Heard was scheduled to meet with the media Wednesday afternoon to discuss the signing class, as well as the Lady Toppers' home opener Saturday against Northern Kentucky.

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