Crystal Kelly Earns State Farm Coaches’ All-America Honors

By: Chris Glowacki, WKU Athletic Relations
By: Chris Glowacki, WKU Athletic Relations

Bowling Green, Ky. — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and State Farm released their 2008 All-America team, and for the second straight years Western Kentucky University’s Crystal Kelly was honored.

WKU’s all-time leading scorer was an honorable mention selection by the WBCA, marking the third time this season she has earned All-America honors. She was also selected as an honorable mention All America by the Associated Press for the second straight season, and earned third-team honors from cbssportsline.com.

Kelly rewrote the record books during her Lady Topper career, finishing with a school-record 2,803 points and 1,258 rebounds. Her scoring total also stands as a Sun Belt Conference record. In all, Kelly sits atop nine Lady Topper career record lists, also setting new marks for games started (130), field goals made (953), field goal percentage (.617), free throws made (886), free throw attempts (1,137), points per game (21.6) and rebounding average (9.7).

The 6-foot-3 Louisville, Ky., native was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2008 after averaging 22.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in her final season on the Hill. Kelly leads the nation with a school-record .644 field-goal percentage. She also set WKU single-season records for free throws made (260) and rebounds (357). Her 767 points this season were three shy of her own school record, but did stand as the most points ever by a Lady Topper senior. In fact, Kelly holds the record for points by a Lady Topper freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.

Kelly also earned first-team all-Sun Belt honors for the fourth straight year, and was named to the all-Sun Belt Tournament team after leading the Lady Toppers to their league-record ninth conference tournament title. She scored a school-record 42 points in her final home game against Louisiana-Monroe — the same day a jersey was retired in her honor into the E.A. Diddle Arena rafters.

Kelly will now turn her attention to the next level as she awaits the WNBA Draft, which will take place on Wednesday (April 9).


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