BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Redshirt senior guard Kendall Noble has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2017 Women’s Basketball Senior CLASS Award as announced by the organization Friday morning. Noble is the lone C-USA honoree and one of just two players from the state of Kentucky honored.
The Senior CLASS Award, an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, is presented annually and honors the attributes of Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring.
Noble is the second WKU player selected to the initial list of 30 candidates in the last three seasons, following in the footsteps of former teammate and All-American Alexis Govan in 2014-15. The reigning C-USA Player of the Year, Noble is WKU’s all-time leader in steals with 308 in her career and ranks in the top 15 in all five major statistical categories for the Lady Toppers: scoring (12th, 1,548), rebounding (10th, 765), assists (third, 510), steals (first, 308) and blocked shots (11th, 80).
In addition, Noble is the only player in the prestigious history of Lady Topper Basketball to record 1,500 points, 750 rebounds and 500 assists in her career. The Hazard, Ky., native also became just the third Academic All-America honoree in program history in 2015-16, earning Third Team honors following her stellar junior campaign that saw her record the first two triple-doubles in program history.
In the community, Noble and her teammates have participated in several major events around the Bowling Green area. One of the largest, the Stuff the Bus campaign, benefits children by raising money for school supplies for the local community. Noble has also worked with WKU’s Day of Caring, the Boys and Girls Club, the Kelly Autism Program and the National Women’s and Girls in Sports Day alongside her Lady Topper teammates.
Noble joins six other WKU student-athletes as candidates for the Senior CLASS Award since 2010: baseball’s Matt Payton (2010) and Matt Rice (2011), soccer’s Chrissy Tchoula (2013) and Ashley Potts (2013), football’s Cam Clemmons (2014) and women’s basketball’s Alexis Govan (2015).
The initial list of 30 candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February. Those finalists will be placed on the official ballot and distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four later this spring.
Noble and the Lady Toppers will return to action on Saturday afternoon at 3PM (CT) at Old Dominion, a game that is set to be broadcast nationally on ESPN3.
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