IRVING, Texas – Senior forward Tashia Brown has been named the C-USA Player of the
Week by both the conference office and College Sports Madness and has also been
selected as the latter’s High-Major Player of the Week as announced by the
organizations on Monday afternoon.
Brown turned in a strong start to the 2017-18 season at this weekend’s Hawkeye
Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa, averaging 23 points as the Lady Toppers split a pair
of games against then-No. 16/16 Missouri and Iowa. WKU picked up its third victory
over a ranked team in as many seasons on Friday afternoon as it took down the
Tigers, 79-76, and then fell in a tight overtime shootout, 104-97, against the host
Hawkeyes on Saturday.
The Player of the Week honor from the league office is the second of Brown’s career.
The senior previously collected the honor on Nov. 21, 2016, after scoring 28 points
in WKU’s upset victory over then-No. 23 Indiana inside E.A. Diddle Arena.
On Friday against Missouri, Brown collected her third career 30-point game and first
since March 21, 2016, finishing with 30 points to key WKU’s upset against the
Tigers. Trailing 66-65 with 3:35 to play, Brown nearly single-handedly took over the
game, scoring 11 of WKU’s final 14 points, including a pair of free throws with one
second on the clock to ice the game. Much of her damage against the Tigers came from
the free throw line, where Brown finished 10-for-11 on the day, and the senior also
collected a career-high six steals.
Against Iowa on Saturday, Brown played 42 minutes and logged 16 more points along
with six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Through the opening weekend of
play, Brown leads all C-USA players with her 23 points per game; she also moved into
19th place on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,377 points, passing Pam Hart and
Dominique Duck over the weekend.
Brown and the Lady Toppers will be back in action on Tuesday evening inside Diddle
Arena as WKU welcomes perennial powerhouse No. 6/5 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. The Fighting
Irish are the highest-ranked opponent to visit Diddle Arena since then-No. 4
Louisville on Nov. 27, 2013.
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