Heard stresses importance of stretch run

Laura Beranek

If the regular season were to end now, the Lady Toppers would be sitting pretty in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

While there is a long way to go in the regular season, WKU (17-6, 10-4 SBC) is currently occupying the No. 3 seed in the upcoming tourney, which would give the Lady Toppers a first round bye and the opportunity to play the winner of a matchup between Florida Atlantic (11-12 overall, 8-7 Sun Belt) and Louisiana-Lafayette (7-16 overall, 1-13 SBC).

These projected seatings are just that, though —projected. Last week’s upset win by Troy over current No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee State (13-2 SBC) proved that anything is possible in the weeks remaining until the conference tournament in Hot Springs, Ark., which begins on March 8.

The Lady Toppers travel to Florida this week to take on a potential first opponent in the postseason in Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, followed by a Saturday afternoon game against Florida International.

Coach Michelle Clark-Heard says they will take this road week to improve on what they need to do to get ready for the post season.

“Especially with the young team we have, you don’t want to get to where you’re talking about seedings and what could be this and that.” Heard said. “One game at a time, one day at a time.”

She says the weeklong trip will be good opportunity for the team to bond and enjoy the warm weather, but they shouldn’t have too much fun in the Sunshine State.

“This is a business trip,” she said.