IRVING, Texas – Redshirt seniors Kendall Noble and Micah Jones have been named to the 2016-17 InTouch Credit Union C-USA All-Academic Team as announced by the conference office on Thursday morning, the lone school with two representatives on the six-player team.
By earning a pair of spots on the C-USA All-Academic Team, WKU becomes the first school since East Carolina and Rice in the 2010-11 campaign to accomplish the feat. Noble was also selected to the team for the second straight season, becoming WKU’s first player to earn C-USA All-Academic honors multiple times.
Noble, the only Division I player averaging 15.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game this season, leads WKU with four 25-point games this season, one more than in her 2015-16 C-USA Player of the Year campaign.
The Hazard, Ky., native has either scored or assisted on 37.3 percent of WKU’s total points this season, a number that increases to 42.8 percent in conference play; she also has become WKU’s all-time leader in steals (348) and minutes played (4,252) this season.
One season removed from missing all but two games due to injury, Jones has returned as one of the focal points on WKU’s offense. The Greensburg, Ky., native currently leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, averaging 3.69 assists for every one turnover.
In total, Jones has 118 assists to just 32 giveaways this season; in 20 of WKU’s 28 games, Jones has one or fewer turnovers. On Senior Day against Old Dominion last Saturday, Jones tallied a season-best 21 points and knocked down a career-best six three-pointers in her best shooting performance of the season.
Noble, Jones and the Lady Toppers will be in action at North Texas on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. as WKU looks to secure the top seed in next week’s C-USA Tournament; a win on Thursday evening would also guarantee WKU at least a share of the 2016-17 C-USA regular season championship.
2016-17 C-USA All-Academic Team
Nikolina Todorovic, FIU
Abbey Sissom, Middle Tennessee
Deanna Kuzmanic, UAB
Loryn Goodwin, UTSA
Kendall Noble, WKU
Micah Jones, WKU