Noble, Haag named C-USA scholar-athletes of the year

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John Reecer

WKU student-athletes Kendall Noble and Ellinor Haag have been named recipients of the Conference USA 2015-16 Scholar Athlete of the Year awards, as announced Tuesday by the league office.

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.

According to a WKU Athletics press release, the award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.

Noble, a redshirt junior guard for Lady Topper Basketball in 2015-16, became just the fourth player in C-USA history to sweep both the Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards.

She averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Lady Toppers this season as the team reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT, its deepest postseason run since the 2006-07 campaign.

The Hazard, Ky., native recorded the first two triple-doubles in WKU’s history, notching 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Charlotte on Jan. 23 and repeating the feat with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Marshall in the C-USA Quarterfinals on March 10.

The latter was the first triple-double in the history of the C-USA Tournament, and Noble was the lone Division I player in the nation with a pair of triple-doubles this season.

Noble earned her undergraduate degree in May. She captured a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Team and became WKU’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American since 1981.

Noble was WKU’s recipient of the C-USA Winter Spirit of Service Award that recognizes an athlete from each member university for their qualities in competition, in the classroom and in service for the community.

Haag, a Lady Hilltopper Golf senior, recorded a 3.97 GPA as an international business major this school year. She was a two-time member of the C-USA All-Academic Team and a recipient of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.

The Sigtuna, Sweden, native was also a First Team All-C-USA selection and a C-USA Spring Spirit of Service Award winner.

Haag led the Lady Toppers to a fourth-place team finish at the 2016 C-USA Women’s Golf Championship, their best result in a conference tournament since 1997.

She became WKU’s top conference championship individual finisher since Crystal Anglea in 2000 after tallying a 7-over 223 (81-70-72) to finish ninth. She finished the season with a 75.0 stroke average and brought home nine top-20 finishes in 11 opportunities.

Award recipients were selected from C-USA’s full-time and affiliate institutions in 19 sports (combining indoor and outdoor track and field). WKU was one of six league members with multiple representatives.