recognized Western Kentucky women’s basketball juniors Alexis Govan and Chastity Gooch as preseason first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selections. The website also selected Govan as the league’s preseason player of the year.

WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard was named SBC preseason coach of the year.

The Lady Toppers return all five starters from last year’s 22-11 team that reached the second round of the Women’s NIT. Among the top returnees are Govan, the third-leading scorer in the nation last season among sophomores, and Gooch, the reigning Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the year. Heard was named Sun Belt coach of the year last season in her first year at the helm.

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