Bowling Green, Ky. — Following a record-breaking weekend in her final two games at E.A. Diddle Arena, Western Kentucky University senior forward Crystal Kelly added another highlight on Monday as she was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. It was also the 13th time in her career that Kelly has won the league’s weekly award.
On senior day against Louisiana-Monroe, Kelly broke WKU’s single-game scoring record as she dropped in 42 points to go along with 17 rebounds in the win over the Warhawks. It made her just the third Lady Topper in history to post a 40-point game. That performance came just three days after she finished with 22 points and tied a school record with 20 rebounds in the win over South Alabama. She became just the second Lady Topper ever to post a 20-20 double-double.
Kelly averaged 32 points and 18.5 rebounds per game for the week. That scoring output helped her move into the top 20 on the NCAA Division I career scoring list. In fact, she has moved into 16th place on that list with 2,693 career points. She also connected on 71.4 percent of her shots for the week, and shot 85.7 percent at the free throw line. Kelly’s week also included three assists, five blocks and five steals. For good measure, Kelly finished the week by having her jersey retired following Saturday’s game — becoming the first active athlete in WKU history to be honored in such a way.
Kelly’s efforts helped the Lady Toppers clinch at least a share of the Sun Belt Conference East Division championship for the fifth time in the past six years, and secured the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. WKU will close out the 2007-08 regular season with a two-game roadswing through south Florida — taking on Florida International at 4:15 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday in Miami, then visiting Boca Raton for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday with Florida Atlantic.