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Crystal Kelly

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Louisville, Ky.

High School:
Sacred Heart Academy

Height:
6-3

Position:
Forward

Crystal Kelly

ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
#42 RETIRED UNIFORM

Crystal Kelly, a graduate of Louisville's Sacred Heart Academy, won three consecutive KHSAA state championships from 2002 through 2004, winning all three titles at WKU's E.A. Diddle Arena. During her four years under head coach Donna Moir, the Valkyries went 139-9 (.939), and finished 2003-04 ranked seventh in USA Today's Super 25 poll after a 37-1 season.

During her senior season at the high school level, she averaged 14.2 points and 9.3 rebound before being named Kentucky's Miss Basketball. She also recorded 106 blocks, 133 assists and 91 steals. The two-time Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year and 2004 Associated Press Player of the Year finished her high school career with 2,377 points, 1,478 rebounds, 370 steals, 366 blocks and 349 assists. She also recorded a career 64.8 field-goal percentage.

Along with her Miss Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year honors, Kelly was also named All-America by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Street & Smith and Parade. She is also a three-time Courier-Journal First Team All-State selection and was twice named to the Associated Press All-State First Team.

Upon arriving at WKU, she made an immediate impact on her way to becoming one of the most decorated players in program history. During her senior season at WKU, she was named a State Farm Coaches' All-America honors, and was also named an All-American by the Associated Press and cbssportsline.com. She earned Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year accolades as a senior after averaging 22.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in her final year on the Hill. She also led the nation with a school-record .644 field-goal percentage.

Kelly scored a school-record 42 points in her final home game against Louisiana-Monroe the same day a jersey was retired in her honor into the E.A. Diddle Arena rafters.

Kelly rewrote the record books during her Lady Topper Basketball career, finishing with a school-record 2,803 points and 1,258 rebounds. Her scoring total also stood as a Sun Belt Conference record, and made her the 12th leading scorer in NCAA Division I history at the time.

Following her time at WKU, she was drafted by the Houston Comets in the 2008 WNBA Draft. She went on to play three seasons in the WNBA and in various overseas leagues.

Kelly currently serves as an assistant coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

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