Alexis Govan named Senior CLASS Award candidate

Senior guard Alexis Govan (21) and junior guard Micah Jones (5) celebrate after forcing a turnover during the first half of WKU’s Nov. 14 game against Central Arkansas. The Lady Toppers forced 22 turnovers in their 93-57 victory over the Sugar Bears. Brandon Carter/HERALD

Jonah Phillips

Senior All-American candidate Alexis Govan has been named a candidate for another prestigious award, earning the nomination for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award. She is one of just 30 players selected as a women’s basketball candidate this season, according to a press release.

The only women’s player from the Conference USA or the state of Kentucky to earn the nomination, Govan did so by being a NCAA Division I athlete and having ‘notable achievements’ in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four and NCAA Women’s Final Four. Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot.

Govan earns the honor after bouncing back from a fractured left tibia that caused her to miss a majority of the 2013-2014 season.  She is currently in her third season as the team captain under Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard, helping turn the program around from 9 wins in the program’s first season under Clark-Heard to 24 wins last season as a junior. 

In the program’s inaugural C-USA campaign, Govan leads the Lady Toppers in scoring at 17.1 points per game and a 17-3 record, including a 6-1 mark in league play. She helped the team earn a spot in the Associated Press poll for the first time since 1997-98.

Govan completed her bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in just 3 and 1/2 years and is currently working on her graduate degree.

In her native San Antonio, Govan has worked with Operation Warmheart, collected money at the San Antonio Military Car Show for military organizations and the Wounded Warriors Project, worked at the Lackland Christmas Gift Wrapping and the Lackland Angel Tree, collected trash through Adopt-a-Highway, worked Kelly Air Force Base Air Shows and worked to cover over a kids playground at an elementary school.

Govan becomes the sixth WKU athlete since 2010 to earn candidacy for the Senior CLASS Award, joining volleyball’s Ashley Potts (2013), soccer’s Chrissy Tchoula (2013), baseball’s Matt Rice (2011) and Matt Payton (2010) and football’s Cam Clemmons (2014). Both Potts and Payton were finalists for the award in their respective sports.