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Kendall Noble

School

Western Kentucky

Position
Guard
Major
Biology

Classroom

In 2015-16, Kendall Noble became only the third CoSIDA Academic All-American in WKU history and the first in 35 years after earning third-team honors. A biology major who has already earned her bachelor’s degree, Noble desires to enter the medical field and become a doctor following her playing career. In addition to her Academic All-America honor, Noble was named WKU’s 2015-16 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also captured the 2015-16 C-USA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Noble capped her outstanding 2015-16 season with a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Team.

Character

Noble is one of the finest players both on and off the court and has battled adversity to maintain her high level of play. The senior tore her ACL in high school before suffering the same injury in her opposite knee during her true freshman season at WKU in 2012-13. Despite those setbacks, Noble remained one of the most determined players in the program and has emerged as an even stronger and more well-rounded player than she had been prior to the injuries. While she has received numerous individual accolades, Noble is and has always been a team player, doing what will benefit those around her even at the expense of individual honor.

Community

Noble and her teammates have been strong participants in the community during her time on The Hill. One of the biggest events with which she has volunteered—Stuff the Bus—benefits children by raising money for school supplies for the local community. In addition to Stuff the Bus, Noble has been an active participant in WKU’s Day of Caring, the Boys and Girls Club, the Kelly Autism Program and National Women’s and Girls in Sports Day. Noble has also assisted with the W.R. McNeill Leadership Luncheon and with a local high school conference hosted on campus.

Competition

One of the most versatile players in the nation, Noble was the lone Division-I player to record a statline of at least 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.9 blocks per game during the 2015-16 season. Noble was also the only player in the nation to record a pair of triple-doubles in 2015-16, with her second becoming the only triple-double in the history of the C-USA Tournament. Noble’s triple-doubles were also the first two in program history for the Lady Toppers. For her efforts, Noble became just the fourth player in C-USA history to sweep the Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards. This season, she was named the 2016-17 C-USA Preseason Player of the Year, and with a season to play, Noble already ranks among the top 10 in WKU history in minutes played per game (32.7, first), steals (274, second), assists (441, fifth) and made free throws (360, 10th).