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Noble, Brown, Brown earn All-C-USA accolades

IRVING, Texas – Kendall Noble, Ivy Brown and Tashia Brown have each earned All-Conference honors as announced by the conference office on Sunday afternoon, with Noble and Ivy Brown landing on the All-C-USA First Team and Tashia Brown garnering Second Team honors.

The C-USA honors are voted on by the league’s head coaches and a media representative from each school. Individual awards, including Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, will be released at 10 a.m. (CT) Monday morning.

By landing a pair of players on the All-C-USA First Team, WKU becomes the first team in the history of Conference USA to have multiple First Team selections in three consecutive years. In 2014-15, the Lady Toppers had First Team selections in Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan, while Noble and Tashia Brown earned the top honors last season.

IVY BROWN

KENDALL NOBLE

TASHIA BROWN

Noble’s First Team selection caps her illustrious career as one of only five players in program history to earn All-Conference honors four times. Noble joins former Lady Topper greats Clemette Haskins, Lillie Mason, Kami Thomas and Crystal Kelly as the lone players in that category; the Hazard, Ky., native earned Second Team honors in 2014 and 2015 before picking up First Team accolades in each of the last two seasons; in addition to her First Team choice, Noble was also named to the All-C-USA Defensive Team for the third consecutive year.

The lone Division I player in the nation averaging 16 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game this season, Noble has tallied eight 20-point games this season, including consecutive 20-point outings to end the regular season at North Texas and Rice. Showing off her versatility, the redshirt senior has logged nine games this season with at least 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Noble leads the Lady Toppers in scoring at 16.1 points per game and is the team’s leader with 157 total assists on the year. Earlier this season, she became the program’s all-time leader in steals (352) and has also played more minutes than any other Lady Topper in school history with 4,331 minutes played.

Ivy Brown earned All-Conference accolades for the first time in her career with Sunday’s selection. The junior leads WKU in rebounding and ranks fourth among all C-USA players with 8.3 rebounds per game while also scoring at a 13.9 per game clip. Brown leads WKU in field goal percentage and ranks 26th in the nation by knocking down 56.6 percent (155-of-274) of her shots on the season, including 37.1 percent (36-of-97) from three-point range.

The Hodgenville, Ky., native has already moved into ninth place on WKU’s all-time charts for blocks shots with 90 swats in her career, and Brown is on pace to become the 39th member of WKU’s 1,000-point club with 922 career points.

Tashia Brown picked up an All-Conference nod for the second straight season by landing a spot on the Second Team on Sunday afternoon. The Lake Park, Ga., native is averaging 13.1 points per game for the Lady Toppers this season and has had five 20-point games as a dangerous threat on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, Brown is averaging a career-best 4.1 rebounds per game and is just one steal shy of establishing a new career-best in a single season with 40 takeaways.

Brown was instrumental in WKU’s 82-75 victory at Middle Tennessee on Feb. 16, scoring 25 points against the Blue Raiders to secure WKU’s first regular season sweep in the rivalry since the 2003-04 campaign. The junior also logged a season-best 28 points in WKU’s upset of then-No. 23 Indiana on Nov. 19, the lone victory over a top-25 opponent among all C-USA teams this season.

WKU (24-6, 16-2 C-USA) enters the 2017 C-USA Tournament as the No. 1 seed and is set to open play on Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. (CT) after receiving a bye into the quarterfinals. The Lady Toppers will open against No. 8 seed North Texas or No. 9 seed UAB inside Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala., in their opening tournament contest.

Tickets can be purchased for the 2017 C-USA Tournament through the WKU Ticket Office, which can be reached online at WKUTickets.com or by phone a 1-800-5-BIGRED or 745-5222 locally.

2016-17 All-C-USA First Team
Grace Hunter, Charlotte
Ty Petty, Middle Tennessee
Alex Johnson, Middle Tennessee
Jennie Simms, Old Dominion
Brittanny Dinkins, Southern Miss
Loryn Goodwin, UTSA
Ivy Brown, WKU
Kendall Noble, WKU

2016-17 All-C-USA Second Team
Lefty Webster, Charlotte
Kierra Anthony, Louisiana Tech
Shayna Gore, Marshall
Destinee Young, Old Dominion
Jasmine Goodwine, Rice
Sparkle Taylor, UTEP
Tesha Smith, UTSA
Tashia Brown, WKU

2016-17 C-USA All-Defensive Team
Nyilah Jamison-Myers, Charlotte
Lefty Webster, Charlotte
Abbey Sissom, Middle Tennessee
Destinee Young, Old Dominion
Brittanny Dinkins, Southern Miss
Kendall Noble, WKU

2016-17 C-USA All-Freshman Team
Alexis Gordon, FIU
Ashley Saintigene, Marshall
Shonte Hailes, Southern Miss
Miyah Barnes, UAB
Rachael Childress, UAB

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