Bowling Green, Ky. — Following last weekend’s WNBA pre-draft camp, Western Kentucky University’s Crystal Kelly is one of 20 top prospects invited back to Tampa, Fla., for Wednesday’s draft.
Kelly is looking to become the third Lady Topper to be drafted by a WNBA team. ShaRae Mansfield was the first pick of the third round (33rd overall) by Houston in 2001, and Tiffany Porter-Talbert was the 36th-overall selection by Los Angeles in 2006.
The 2008 WNBA Draft presented by adidas will cap off a week-long celebration of events surrounding women’s basketball in Tampa. The draft will begin at noon (CDT). ESPN2 will provide exclusive first round coverage of the 2008 WNBA Draft presented by adidas with continued coverage of the second and third rounds on both ESPNU and NBA TV. WNBA.com will also provide complete analysis and comprehensive coverage throughout all three rounds of the draft.
Kelly recently earned State Farm Coaches’ All-America honors, and was also named an All-American by the Associate Press and cbssportsline.com. She earned Sun Belt Conference Player-of-the-Year accolades this past season after averaging 22.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in her final year on the Hill. She also led the nation with a school-record .644 field-goal percentage.
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).
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.