Former Lady Topper Kendall Noble has been named the C-USA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as announced by the conference office on Friday afternoon, repeating as the recipient of the honor after also claiming the award in 2015-16.
C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport, determined by a vote of the league’s 14 Faculty Athletics Representatives. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service. Award recipients were selected from C-USA’s full-time and affiliate institutions in 19 sports (combining indoor and outdoor track and field).
Noble completed her WKU career in style with a sweep of the C-USA regular season and tournament championships to end the 2016-17 season. The Hazard, Ky., native was the only Division I player in the nation to average 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and 2.5 steals per game this season and became just the fifth player in program history to earn All-Conference honors four times, joining Lady Topper legends Clemette Haskins, Lillie Mason, Kami Thomas and Crystal Kelly.
Noble stands as the only Lady Topper Basketball player who currently ranks in the top 10 in WKU’s record book in all five major statistical categories. The newly-minted professional finished her career with 1,888 points (fifth), 881 rebounds (eighth), 613 assists (second) and 84 blocks (10th) and became WKU’s all-time record holder with 358 steals. Noble also holds the WKU career record for minutes played (4,474) and ranks third in games played (135) and fourth in games started (123).
In addition to her prowess on the court, Noble became just the third Academic All-American in Lady Topper Basketball history and the first selection in 35 years as she earned Third Team honors in 2015-16. Noble was also a 2016-17 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award recognizing a player’s talents on the court, in the classroom and in the community at large.
In May, Noble signed her first professional contract with the Chemnitz Chemcats of the Damen Basketball Bundesliga in Germany and will join former Lady Topper Alexis Govan (Boa Viagem, Portugal) as professional players in Europe.
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Currie P. McFayden
WKU Associate Director of Media Relations