LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Western Kentucky University women’s basketball great and the program’s all-time leading scorer, Crystal Kelly, has been named to the 2015 class of the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame, it was announced on Sunday afternoon by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association at the association’s offices in Lexington.
Kelly, a graduate of Louisville’s Sacred Heart Academy, won three consecutive KHSAA state championships from 2002 through 2004, winning all three titles at WKU’s E.A. Diddle Arena. During her four years under head coach Donna Moir, the Valkyries went 139-9 (.939), and finished 2003-04 ranked seventh in USA Today’s Super 25 poll after a 37-1 season.
Kelly will be honored Saturday, March 21, 2015 in the Bluegrass Ballroom at the Lexington Center during the official induction ceremony for the 2015 class of the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame. Kelly will also be honored later that evening during the semifinal games of the 2015 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen semifinal game that evening at Rupp Arena.
Tickets for the banquet are currently available by contacting the KHSAA offices.
During her senior season at the high school level, she averaged 14.2 points and 9.3 rebound before being named Kentucky’s Miss Basketball. She also recorded 106 blocks, 133 assists and 91 steals. The two-time Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year and 2004 Associated Press Player of the Year finished her high school career with 2,377 points, 1,478 rebounds, 370 steals, 366 blocks and 349 assists. She also recorded a career 64.8 field-goal percentage.
Along with her Miss Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year honors, Kelly was also named All-America by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Street & Smith and Parade. She is also a three-time Courier-Journal First Team All-State selection and was twice named to the Associated Press All-State First Team.
Upon arriving at WKU, she made an immediate impact on her way to becoming one of the most decorated players in program history. During her senior season at WKU, she was named a State Farm Coaches’ All-America honors, and was also named an All-American by the Associated Press and cbssportsline.com. She earned Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year accolades as a senior 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 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 rewrote the record books during her Lady Topper Basketball career, finishing with a school-record 2,803 points and 1,258 rebounds. Her scoring total also stood as a Sun Belt Conference record, and made her the 12th leading scorer in NCAA Division I history at the time.
Following her time at WKU, she was drafted by the Houston Comets in the 2008 WNBA Draft. She went on to play three seasons in the WNBA and in various overseas leagues.
Kelly currently serves as an assistant coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
In addition, former WKU assistant coach Kyra Elzy was also named to the 2015 class of the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame. Elzy is currently an assistant coach at Tennessee for head coach Holly Warlick.
Elzy spent two seasons as an assistant coach at WKU, coordinating the recruiting efforts for the Lady Toppers while also working with the guards and handled individual workouts. The Lady Toppers posted 20+ wins in both of her seasons at WKU, and in 2002-03 WKU won the Sun Belt Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Elzy helped coach Sun Belt Player of the Year Shala Reese and Newcomer of the Year Tiffany Porter-Talbert. In 2003-04, WKU was the Sun Belt runner-up and advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
The entire class for 2015 includes Kelly, Elzy, Ron Bevars, Rich Hendrick, Dudley Hilton, Adrienne Hundemer, Dennis Johnson, Freddie Maggard, Dan Manley and J Richard 'Dickie' Parsons.
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