BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – With the conclusion of the 2016-17 NCAA women’s basketball
season on Sunday evening, redshirt senior Micah Jones officially finished as the
national leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, dishing out 3.73 assists for every one
turnover that she committed on the year.
Jones, hailing from Greensburg, Ky., returned after missing all but two games in
2015-16 to deal 138 assists compared to 37 turnovers. She dealt five or more assists
in 12 of WKU’s 34 contests this season and committed either zero or one turnover in
25 games while directing the offense. The redshirt senior also matched former Lady
Topper Dominique Duck’s program record with 137 games played and set a new school
record with 132 career starts.
With Jones and fellow guard Kendall Noble running the offense, the Lady Toppers
committed only 371 turnovers as a team in 2016-17, by far the fewest in program
history in a single season. In its run through the C-USA Tournament last month, WKU
turned the ball over just 18 times across three games, including a season-low five
giveaways against North Texas in the opening round on March 9.
Not only a pass-first threat, Jones became the 38th member of WKU’s 1,000-point club
with a 16-point outburst at UAB on Feb. 18 and tallied a season-best 21 points
against Old Dominion on Senior Day on Feb. 25, just one point shy of her career-high
total of 22. For her career, Jones finished with 1,068 points and 194
three-pointers, the fourth-most in school history.
Jones wraps up her career with 443 assists (sixth in school history) and 201
turnovers, good for a career assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.20. To earn the top mark
in the category this season, Jones edged out Notre Dame’s Lindsay Allen (3.57) and
Mercer’s Sydni Means (3.54).