Bowling Green, Ky. — For the second time in as many weeks, Western Kentucky University senior forward Crystal Kelly has been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week.
This is the second time in her career that Kelly has won the award in consecutive weeks. She also did so at the beginning of the 2005-06 season. Former teammate Tiffany Porter-Talbert also won the award in back-to-back weeks in mid-December of that season. A Lady Topper has now won three of the first four Sun Belt Player-of-the-Week award this season as sophomore guard Kenzie Rich earned the honor in the first week of the season.
Kelly averaged 26 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last week in a pair of Lady Topper victories. She posted double-doubles in both contests — finishing with 25 points and 13 rebounds against Morehead State, and 27 points and 12 boards in an overtime victory at Kentucky. Kelly also registered three assists, five blocks, and two steals for the week, while shooting 54.5 percent from the field and 83.3 percent at the free throw line.
The 6-foot-3 Louisville, Ky., native has now scored over 20 points in six straight games, and passed Old Dominion’s Kelly Lyons for second on the Sun Belt career scoring list Friday night at UK. She is just 59 points away from becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer, and 36 points shy of passing Lillie Mason for first on the WKU career scoring list.
Kelly and the Lady Toppers will go after their third straight victory on Thursday (Dec. 6) when they travel south to Nashville for a 7 p.m. (CST) contest against #17 Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium.