Tashia Brown named C-USA Player of the Year

WKU forward Tashia Brown (10) looks for a layup during WKU’s game vs Notre Dame on November 14, 2017 in E.A. Diddle Arena. Brown had 26 points against LA tech on Sunday and won conference player of the week.

Sam Porter

For the third time in four seasons, the Conference USA Player of the Year is a Lady Topper. It was announced Wednesday morning that WKU senior forward Tashia Brown became the seventh player in program history to be named conference player of the year and joins Chastity Gooch (2015) and Kendall Noble (2016) as fellow Lady Toppers to win the award since WKU transitioned to C-USA in 2014.

“It’s truly an honor to get this award,” Brown said. “I work hard for it every day, and it feels to good to know the hard work paid off.”

Brown is averaging 22.9 points per game (first in C-USA and sixth in the nation) in her final season. Her 663 total points is currently the seventh most in a single season in Lady Topper history. Brown’s scoring barrage was highlighted in her final game in front of a Diddle Arena crowd when she scored a career high 38 points in a double digit win over Charlotte on her senior night.

In addition to her single-season totals, Brown is also on the verge of joining historic company as just the fourth 2,000-point scorer in Lady Topper Basketball history. Entering the C-USA Tournament, Brown is just six points shy of 2,000 and already ranks fourth in school history in scoring, trailing only Crystal Kelly, Lillie Mason and Tiffany Porter-Talbert, all three of whom are WKU Hall of Famers.

With WKU also capturing three other individual awards on Tuesday (Ivy Brown’s Defensive Player of the Year, Dee Givens’ Sixth Player of the Year and Raneem Elgedawy’s Freshman of the Year), the Lady Toppers have collected the largest single-season individual award haul in C-USA history. Both Tashia and Ivy Brown were also selected to the All-C-USA First Team and All-Defensive Team.

“Everybody came out and worked hard,” Tashia Brown said. “Raneem is a great player, I don’t know any other freshman like her. She comes ready to work hard everyday. Dee gives us a lot of valuable minutes off the bench and Ivy just comes out and works hard every day. I’m just very proud of them.”

Brown is the school record holder with 1,781 attempted career field goals and the single-season record of 569 attempted field goals this year. Her 753 made field goals in her career rank fifth in program history, and Brown also ranks among the top 10 in program history in both made (434, sixth) and attempted (595, seventh) free throws.

Alongside Ivy Brown, Tashia Brown has a chance to become the winningest senior class in Lady Topper basketball history. The duo have combined for 105 victories since arriving on The Hill in 2014-15, trailing only Traci Patton (1985-88) and her 110 career wins.

Brown will lead the Lady Toppers into this week’s C-USA Tournament at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, as the No. 2 seed. WKU (21-8, 12-4 C-USA) is set to take on the winner of Wednesday’s Florida Atlantic-UTSA bout on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (CT).