BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – In his first official hire as the head coach of Lady Topper
Basketball, Greg Collins announced on Friday afternoon that current Lady Topper
graduate assistant Jhasmin Bowen will be promoted to a full-time assistant coach for
the program effective immediately.
“In her two years as our GA, Jhasmin has done a great job of connecting with our
players and doing everything that we as a staff have asked of her,” Collins said of
the promotion. “Being short an assistant in conference play this past season, she
really stepped up for us and handled duties above and beyond what would normally be
asked of her as a GA, and Jhasmin has proven herself more than deserving of joining
our new staff that we are in the process of building.”
Bowen has served as the graduate assistant for the Lady Toppers in each of the last
two seasons, helping WKU to a 51-16 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances since
arriving on The Hill. The Lady Toppers earned the C-USA regular season championship
after a 16-2 record in conference play in 2016-17 and have claimed the C-USA
Tournament championship following both of Bowen’s seasons on staff.
Prior to arriving at WKU, Bowen enjoyed a four-year playing career at Arkansas and
played under Collins, then an assistant coach with the Razorbacks, during her
freshman season in 2011-12.
“Getting to see how Jhasmin has developed from her playing days and over the last
two years working with her has shown me that she will be a perfect fit for this
job,” Collins said. “We want to keep things the same as much as we can to help our
players, and having Jhasmin on staff will go a long way toward helping us in doing
Bowen, a native of Wichita, Kan., finished her career with the Razorbacks with six
double-doubles and 37 double-digit scoring outings. The forward was named the MVP of
the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament as a junior in 2013-14 after netting 20
points against Southeast Missouri State.
As a senior in 2014-15, Bowen scored in double figures in 15 games, including a
career-best 21 points in a win on the road at Alabama. Bowen picked up a
double-double in SEC play with 11 points and 10 rebounds at Missouri while also
accomplishing the feat against Nicholls State (12 points, 10 rebounds) and at Tulsa
(17 points, 12 rebounds).
In high school, Bowen starred at Wichita Heights High School as a three-time
all-city selection for the Falcons. As a 2011 McDonald’s All-America nominee, Bowen
led the Falcons to the 6A state championship and tallied 23 points to lead all
scorers in the title game. In addition to those honors, Bowen was also a two-time
First Team All-State selection, a First Team All-Metro selection and was named Vype
Magazine’s best player for the state of Kansas as a senior.
Bowen earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Arkansas in 2015 and is
currently pursuing a master’s degree at WKU.