Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University women's basketball head coach Michelle Clark-Heard announced on Wednesday that Manual (Ky.) guard Leasia Wright has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Lady Toppers beginning in the 2012-13 season. She also announced the addition of junior college guard Bianca McGee.
"I'm really excited about my first two signees," said Clark-Heard. "They both bring a lot of offensive power to the team. In getting these two, it adds to what we need right away as far as adding points from the guard position."
Leasia Wright will don a Lady Topper uniform in the fall, fresh off helping lead Manual High School to a KHSAA Sweet Sixteen State championship last month at Diddle Arena. The 5-foot-8 guard out of Louisville averaged 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.2 assists per game during her senior season, but tossed in 15.5 points per game during the Lady Crimsons’ run in the state tournament. She capped off her season with a 21-point effort on 9-for-12 shooting against Marion County in the title game. She also was recently named to the Associated Press all-state team along with current signee Micah Jones, and was a member of the Sweet Sixteen all-tournament team.
"Leasia is a true point guard, a position we really needed," Clark-Heard said about Wright. "She's a strong guard who handles the ball well. She can score as well as defend."
Michigan City, Ind., native Bianca McGee will join the Lady Toppers after playing two seasons at Kilgore (Texas) College. The 5-foot-9 guard averaged 12.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season for the Lady Rangers. McGee lettered four years at Michigan City High School, earning all-state accolades and all-conference honors three times. She was also selected as an Indiana North All Star following her senior season. McGee set a new Michigan City High record for career three pointers, and was also a career 1,000-point scorer. She originally signed with Eastern Illinois following her prep career.
"Bianca is a combo guard who is explosive and can get to the basket," remarked Clark-Heard. "She can also handle the ball and has a scorer's mentality."
In addition to Wright and McGee, WKU inked Micah Jones (5-8 G, Greensburg, Ky.) and Jalynn McClain (6-0 F, Jeffersonville, Ind.) for next season durring the fall's early signing period.