The Bubas Cup is awarded to the league institution that best displays all-around excellence during the academic year. Western has claimed two of the last three all-sport trophies, and owns three since joining the conference in 1982.
“Once again, our fall sports coaches and fall season student-athletes have provided WKU athletics with an excellent start in our annual quest to win the Bubas Cup,” said WKU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig. “Narrowly missing the championship last year has highly motivated us to capture the Bubas Cup for what could be the third time in four years. The effort to generate a Bubas Cup lead will now rest upon the shoulders of our winter sports, and I know they are up for that challenge. We should all enjoy, and not take for granted, the remarkable run of success our intercollegiate athletic programs are experiencing.”
WKU — which has tallied 33.5 points and is tied for first place with North Texas — claimed a championship in women’s cross country (worth 10 points), and picked up another 10 points in volleyball thanks to a regular-season East Division championship and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Western also claimed eight points in men’s cross country and 5.5 in women’s soccer.
WKU’s East Division volleyball title was its fifth straight, as head coach Travis Hudson led his squad to a 27-6 finish and its fourth straight appearance in the Sun Belt Tournament championship match. Four Lady Toppers earned a spot on the all-Sun Belt team, led by senior Amanda Schiff, who was a first-team selection for the third straight year. Senior Lyndsey Broerman, and juniors Caron Blotch and Jessie Wagner earned second-team laurels.
Dr. Curtiss Long — who was selected as the women’s cross country Coach of the Year — led the Lady Toppers to their 10th SBC title and placed four runners in the top 10, led by individual champion Cara Nichols.
Western is tied for the lead despite not participating in Sun Belt football, which earned UNT nine points for a league championship. Points are determined by each school’s regular-season finish in football, soccer, baseball and softball. Volleyball and basketball points are based on a combination of divisional and tournament finishes. All other sports are determined by their tournament performances.