Ivy Brown named Miss Basketball

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Lady Topper Basketball signee Ivy Brown has been named Kentucky's Miss Basketball, marking the first winner of the award to sign with the WKU program out of high school since all-time leading scorer Crystal Kelly earned the honor in 2004.

Brown is one of the state of Kentucky and nation's top senior high school players. She led LaRue County to a 24-7 record in 2013-14, including wins in 10 of the final 11 games of the season and an appearance in the Fifth Region Championship Game. Among the most notable moments of the season for Brown and the Lady Hawks was a Jan. 27, 2014 win over the top-ranked team in the state of Kentucky on the road, Elizabethtown, scoring 27 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and dishing out nine assists in the win.

Brown averaged 24.4 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game for the Lady Hawks as a senior.

Some of WKU's best teams have had a strong presence of Kentuckians. The 2013-14 team features four players from the Bluegrass State, including All-America candidate Chastity Gooch, a native of nearby Franklin. Homegrown talent has always enjoyed great success on the Hill. Four of top 10 scorers in program history were Kentucky Miss Basketball winners while eight of the top 10 scorers in program history are natives of the Bluegrass State. 24 of the 35 players that have scored 1,000 points or more in program history are natives of Kentucky.

Brown led LaRue County to a 27-6 record last season, reaching the finals of the 5th Region Tournament before falling to eventual state champions Marion County. It was the first time in school history that LaRue County had advanced to the regional championship game.

Brown averaged 22.9 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and 3.5 assists per outing as a junior, ranking her among the top 10 scorers and top 15 rebounders in the state. She also shot over 50 percent from the field and hit 43 three-point field goals as she was named a First Team All-State performer by the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader. Following the season, she was also named to the Kentucky Junior All-Star team.

As a sophomore, Brown led the Lady Hawks to a 17-11 record, averaging 19.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. She was named an Honorable Mention All-State selection by the Associated Press following the season. As a freshman, she helped the Lady Hawks reach the semifinals of the regional tournament and finish the season 27-4, winning the 2010 KME Classic at Trigg County over the holiday break.

Brown currently owns the LaRue County career mark for career points, rebounds and steals. Brown has also excelled on the volleyball court, leading LaRue County to a 24-10 record in 2013 and an appearance in the semifinals of the regional tournament. She chose WKU over Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Tennessee Tech.