IRVING, Texas – Senior forward Tashia Brown has been named the 2018 C-USA Player of
the Year as announced by the conference office on Wednesday morning, becoming the
seventh player in program history to be named the conference player of the year.
Since joining C-USA prior to the 2014-15 campaign, the Lady Toppers have captured
three out of four possible Player of the Year honors: Chastity Gooch earned the
honor in 2015 before Kendall Noble followed with another win in 2016. Four other
Lady Toppers were named Sun Belt Player of the Year: Lillie Mason (1986), Shala
Reese (2003), Tiffany Porter-Talbert (2005) and Crystal Kelly (2008).
With WKU also capturing three other individual awards on Tuesday (Ivy Brown’s
Defensive Player of the Year, Dee Givens’ Sixth Player of the Year and Raneem
Elgedawy’s Freshman of the Year), the Lady Toppers have collected the largest
single-season individual award haul in C-USA history. Both Tashia and Ivy Brown were
also selected to the All-C-USA First Team and All-Defensive Team.
A two-time First Team All-C-USA selection, Brown has put together one of the top
individual seasons in school history. The Lake Park, Ga., native is averaging 22.9
points per game, the best among all C-USA players and sixth nationally among
Division I players in the category. Brown has scored 663 total points during the
2017-18 campaign, already the seventh-most in a single campaign in Lady Topper
Brown has reached double figures in scoring in all 29 games this season while
tallying 20 or more points in 21 of those contests and 30 or more in another four.
The senior fired her career-best single-game mark of 38 points on Senior Night
against Charlotte on Feb. 23, closing her career inside E.A. Diddle Arena with a
53-4 home record over the last four seasons.
In addition to her single-season totals, Brown is also on the verge of joining
historic company as just the fourth 2,000-point scorer in Lady Topper Basketball
history. Entering the C-USA Tournament, Brown is just six points shy of 2,000 and
already ranks fourth in school history in scoring, trailing only Crystal Kelly,
Lillie Mason and Tiffany Porter-Talbert, all three of whom are WKU Hall of Famers.
Brown is the school record holder with 1,781 attempted career field goals and the
single-season record of 569 attempted field goals this year. Her 753 made field
goals in her career rank fifth in program history, and Brown also ranks among the
top 10 in program history in both made (434, sixth) and attempted (595, seventh)
Alongside Ivy Brown, Tashia Brown has a chance to become the winningest senior class
in Lady Topper Basketball history. The duo have combined for 105 victories since
arriving on The Hill in 2014-15, trailing only Traci Patton (1985-88) and her 110
Brown will lead the Lady Toppers into this week’s C-USA Tournament at The Ford
Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, as the No. 2 seed. WKU (21-8, 12-4 C-USA) is
set to take on the winner of Wednesday’s Florida Atlantic-UTSA bout on Thursday
afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (CT).
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