Lady Topper basketball signs four to 2015 signing class

WKU’s head coach Michelle Clark-Heard speaks to the Lady Toppers during a timeout in the final minutes of their 61-60 victory over Arkansas State in the championship game of the Sun Belt Tournament Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, La. The Lady Toppers secured a place in the NCAA tournament with their win. (Mike Clark/HERALD)

Jonah Phillips

The WKU women’s basketball program announced the signing of four student-athletes for the beginning in the fall of 2015. The signing period began Wednesday and ends on Nov. 19.

Sidnee Bopp, Dee Givens, Simone Goods and Kayla Smith all signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Lady Toppers.

“I am excited to announce the new members of the Lady Topper Basketball Family,” said Clark-Heard per WKU press release.  “The biggest thing for us is that we continue to get better. The players we’ve signed are going to help us to keep growing. We’re adding players that are athletic and driven to win. All of these young ladies have high standards, on and off the court. They’ll be great representatives of Lady Topper Basketball and WKU. Individually, they’re very good, each bringing unique qualities to the team. Together, they make up a strong class, getting us even closer to becoming a top 25 program again.”

First signee for the Lady Toppers is 5-6 guard Sidnee Bopp.

Bopp, a 5-foot-6-inch guard from Marmaduke, Arkansas, averaged 14.6 points, 5.2 steals and 4.9 assists in 20 minutes per game as a junior at Marmaduke High School.

Marmaduke notched a 40-3 record during Bopp’s sophomore season, reaching the state finals and finished 38-5 last year with a state semifinalist finish.

6-foot-1-inch forward Dee Givens averaged 16.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a junior at Lafayette High School in Lexington.

Simone Goods, a 6-2 forward from Omaha, Nebraska, joins the Lady Toppers having averaged 13.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while earning All-State honorable mention selection from the Associated Press at Omaha Benson High School. 

Guard/forward Kayla Smith of Fayetteville, Georgia rounds out the group, rated among the top 100 players nationally throughout her high school and club career, peaking at 83rd by the All Star Girls Report in 2014. 

“This strong recruiting class is possible because of the work and success of the former players and the current players wearing the WKU jersey,” Heard said. “We’ve won some games in the past two years. Recruits, parents and coaches notice that.”