Senior forward Ivy Brown has been named to the 2017-18 Preseason All-C-USA Team in a vote by the league’s head coaches as announced by the conference office on Monday morning.
With the honor, Brown has picked up preseason accolades for the first time in her career, following a junior season that saw her named a First Team All-C-USA pick after averaging 13.1 points and 8.2 rebounds a game for the Lady Toppers. In 2016-17, Brown recorded eight double-doubles, including an outburst of 21 points and a career-best 17 boards against College of Charleston on Dec. 18. Brown is also the lone returning C-USA player to rank in the top 15 of the league in both scoring and rebounding during the 2016-17 season.
The former Miss Kentucky Basketball enters the 2017-18 season with 950 career points and is seeking to become the 39th member of WKU’s 1,000-point club during her senior campaign. On the defensive side of the ball, Brown has already moved into the top 10 on WKU’s all-time blocked shots list, sitting in ninth place with 100 career blocks; of those 100 blocks, 89 have come over the last two seasons.
Last season, Brown was a force inside the paint offensively, knocking down 53.9 percent (165-of-306) of her field goal attempts, good for the fifth-best mark among all C-USA players. The Hodgenville, Ky., native also enjoyed the third-best free-throw shooting season in program history, converting 85.7 percent (78-of-91) of her attempts from the charity stripe, a tally that ranked behind only Middle Tennessee’s Ty Petty among C-USA individuals last season.
Pairing with fellow senior Tashia Brown, Brown will be seeking to maintain the success of Lady Topper Basketball under Michelle Clark-Heard. Over Brown’s three seasons, the Lady Toppers have posted an 84-19 record (.816); the 84 victories for WKU are the most in a three-season span by any team in C-USA’s history. The Lady Toppers have also captured a pair of C-USA Tournament championships, including the 2017 crown after a 67-56 win over Southern Miss on March 11, and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice, narrowly falling to perennial powerhouses Texas and Ohio State by a combined nine points.
WKU is set to open the 2017-18 season with an exhibition matchup against Union (Tenn.) inside E.A. Diddle Arena on Nov. 2; the Lady Toppers will then go on the road to open the regular season, squaring off against Missouri in the 2017 Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa, on Nov. 10 before battling either Iowa or Quinnipiac on Nov. 11.
The Lady Toppers will open their regular season home schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 14, against seven-time NCAA Final Four participant Notre Dame, in what could potentially be WKU’s first matchup against a top-five opponent since taking on then-No. 4 Louisville on Nov. 27, 2013.
2017-18 Preseason All-C-USA Team
Rachael Childress, UAB
Nyilah Jamison-Myers, Charlotte
Terriell Bradley, North Texas
Shayna Gore, Marshall
Kierra Anthony, Louisiana Tech
Ivy Brown, WKU
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Currie P. McFayden
WKU Associate Director of Athletic Communications
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