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Micah Jones named Castañeda scholarship recipient

IRVING, Texas – Former Lady Topper Micah Jones has been named one of 14 recipients of the 2017 Jim Castañeda C-USA Postgraduate Scholarship as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

This is the ninth year that the scholarships have been presented in honor of Dr. Jim Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and faculty athletics representative before he passed away in November 2008. The conference annually awards the $4,000 postgraduate scholarships to graduates as selected by the C-USA faculty athletics representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.

Jones recently concluded one of the more storied careers in Lady Topper Basketball history, becoming the program’s all-time leader in games started (132) while tying the school record for total appearances with 137. Manning the point guard spot for much of her time at WKU, Jones dished out 443 assists across five seasons (sixth in school history) while committing just 201 turnovers, good for a career assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.20.

The Greensburg, Ky., native was the NCAA’s national leader in assist-to-turnover ratio during her senior campaign, dealing 138 assists and turning the ball over only 37 times for a 3.73 single-season mark. Jones also became the 38th member of WKU’s 1,000-point club as a redshirt senior and finished her career with 1,068 points; she also ranked fourth all-time among Lady Toppers with 194 three-pointers.

Following her final season at WKU, Jones was honored by her hometown of Greensburg as Mayor Lisle Cheatham declared May 25 Micah Jones Day in recognition of her accomplishments with the Lady Toppers.

Jones, a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, will be attending the graduate physical therapy program at WKU as she continues her studies.

2017 Dr. Jim Castañeda C-USA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Lee McNeil, Football, Charlotte
Bianca Biglione, Women’s Tennis, Florida Atlantic
Samantha Green, Softball, FIU
Natalie Moran, Softball, Louisiana Tech
Willie Hayes, Cross Country, Marshall
Max Linder, Football, Middle Tennessee
Amy Henard, Volleyball, North Texas
Christian Wirth, Men’s Soccer, Old Dominion
Katherine Ip, Women’s Tennis, Rice
Danielle Block, Softball, Southern Miss
Catherine Ragon, Women’s Tennis, UAB
Anthony Rotich, Men’s Cross Country, UTEP
Geonte Jackson, Baseball, UTSA
Micah Jones, Women’s Basketball, WKU

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