The WKU women’s basketball team signed three new players to its 2016-17 class on Thursday.
The three-player early signing class consists of Sarah Price, Malaka Frank and reigning national scoring champion Whitney Creech. All three of the players are from Kentucky.
“I’m excited and appreciative for these three outstanding young ladies. We have been recruiting each of them for a few years now. They exemplify what Lady Topper basketball is all about,” Clark-Heard said. “They are gifted players, hardworking teammates, outstanding students and high-character individuals. I’m so proud they are leading the future of Lady Topper basketball.”
Creech, a 5-9 guard for Jenkins High School, has led the state in scoring for the past three years. She averaged an unbelievable 42 points per game last season as a junior, making her the top scorer in all of high school hoops. Creech has earned playing time on the varsity team at Jenkins High since she was in sixth grade.
“Whitney will bring a lot to our program,” Clark-Heard said. “She's obviously an incredible scorer, but is also a strong rebounder and a gifted passer. Her skill and team play is what I've always loved. Whitney is a self-motivated gym rat who loves to be in the gym working on her game. We may have to put her dorm room under the bleachers in Diddle. She wants to win championships."
Price is a 6-1 forward at Bath County High School in Owingsville, Ky. She first saw varsity action as an eighth grader and has already reached the 1,000-point mark during her career and needs fewer than 100 rebounds to reach 1,000 in that category as well. Price has averaged at least 14.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game during her high school career and has shot 47.1 percent or better during that “The first thing that caught my eye about Sarah is her relentless effort; she will play hard and run the floor until the lights go out,” Clark-Heard said. “She is a highly skilled post player who can play facing the basket or with her back to the basket. She will remind our fans of some the great versatile post players who have been with WKU in the past. Sarah is a double-double threat each time she steps onto the court."
Lastly, WKU signed 5-10 guard Malaka Frank from Frankfort, Ky. Frank first started playing varsity minutes in seventh grade at Franklin County High School. The past three seasons, Frank helped lead Franklin Co. to a 74-24 record with a pair of district championships and an 11th Region championship last season. Frank was named to the District All-Tournament Team in each of the past three seasons, the Regional All-Tournament Team as a junior and the All-Region Team as a sophomore in 2013-14.
“The first time I saw Malaka I knew we needed her off-the-chart-energy and defensive aggressiveness. Malaka has played nearly every position and has no fear of facing post players or point guards. She'd guard the team bus if I asked her. Malaka, like Sarah and Whitney, comes from a great family and has had great coaching. She's a winner on and off the court and will represent WKU with passion and great pride. I'm so proud of these three young ladies."