Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Mary Taylor Cowles announced on Wednesday that a pair of guards — Courtney Clifton (Lexington, Ky.) and Lashay Davis (Baxter, Tenn.) have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Lady Topper program next fall.
"We are very excited to have Courtney and Lashay join our program. They are very talented young ladies, and are proven winners," said Cowles. "Both of them will add to our depth at the guard position, and I see them both becoming very valuable members of the Lady Topper program both on and off the court."
Clifton, a 5-foot-10 shooting guard, will wrap up a highly successful career at Lexington Christian Academy this winter. She averaged 15.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game during her junior season, earning all-state, all-region and all-district honors. She was also named MVP of the 2008 Touchstone Energy All "A" State Tournament after helping lead LCA to the championship. Clifton is already familiar with the surroundings at E.A. Diddle Arena, as she averaged 14.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while helping the Lady Eagles win the 2007 KHSAA Sweet Sixteen championship. Also a standout in the classroom, Clifton was a first-team academic all-state selection.
Davis averaged 19.1 points, 3.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game last season for Upperman High School en route to being named Tennessee Class AA Miss Basketball for 2008. She also shot 51.4 percent from the floor, 37.2 percent from three and 70.3 percent at the free-throw line as she helped lead the Lady Bees to a TSSAA Class AA semifinal appearance. A two-time all-state selection, Davis has scored 1,753 points during her prep career. She is also a two-time Citizen-Herald Upper Cumberland Player of the Year (2007-08), and was named to the all-conference first team in each of her first three seasons at UHS.
Clifton and Davis will join a Lady Topper program that enters the 2008-09 season fresh off its league-record ninth Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship and 16th trip to the NCAA Tournament last spring. WKU will open the ‘08-09 campaign on Friday, hosting Murray State at 8 p.m. (CST) at E.A. Diddle Arena.