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Western Kentucky Women's Basketball Assistant Faces Drug Charges

Published: Apr. 12, 2006 at 6:46 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2006 at 3:17 PM EDT
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(BOWLING GREEN, Ky.) -- A former Western Kentucky women's basketball standout who now works as the team's graduate assistant has been charged with drug trafficking.

Police arrested Kristina Covington, 26, along with four others at a house in Bowling Green on Monday.

Covington has been suspended from all Western Kentucky athletic activities pending the outcome of the case, athletic director Wood Selig said in a statement.

After the felony charges are resolved, "we will revisit her role and status as an administrative graduate assistant with the Lady Topper basketball program," the statement said.

As a senior in 2003, Covington was named the team's most valuable player, scoring an average of 11 points per game. She was a 2003 all-Sun Belt selection and an all-Sun Belt tournament pick.

According to Bowling Green police records, officers found "large amounts" of marijuana in closets and in the kitchen trash can.

Covington and four others -- Christy Elliot, 21; Anthonius Duncan, 24; Montez Cox, 25; and John McCloud, 23 -- were each charged with trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school.

Cox and Elliot were also charged with evidence tampering. Elliot, Cox and McCloud are students at Western, according to the school's directory.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)