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Arnika Brown expected to return for 2010-2011 season

Senior forward Arnika Brown thought her college eligibility was exhausted leaving the 2009-2010 season.

After all, the Kentucky transfer participated in Western’s Senior Night and talked the talk of what it was like to play her final game in Diddle Arena.

But Brown has finally been granted a release from Kentucky and plans to return to play for the Lady Toppers in the 2010-2011 season, according to Chris Glowacki of Western’s media relations office.

The only thing standing in Brown’s way is the final paperwork, which Glowacki said shouldn’t be a holdup in the process. Since the season ended, Glowacki said Brown has continued to work out at Western.

Herald Staff

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Lady Toppers see no “I” in team

Senior forward Arnika Brown and junior guard Amy McNear say they are grateful for their placement on the postseason All-Sun Belt Conference teams, but they have bigger things on their minds.

Like winning the Sun Belt Tournament this weekend in Hot Springs, Ark.

“I’m not really concerned about individual honors right now – I just want to win the tournament,” Brown said. “That’s the main thing, that’s my main focus, and I think Amy would say the same thing.”

McNear did admit that postseason accolades take a backseat during tournament time, when it’s all about surviving by any means necessary.

“I’m all about the team and helping the team as much as I can,” she said. “Anything I can do to help is a big thing for me.”

Brown, who is averaging 11.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, was named to the first team for the second straight year.

McNear was named to the second team – the first such honor of her career. She currently leads the Lady Toppers in scoring with 11.5 points per game and is fourth in the conference in assists (4.3 per game).

Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said the selections show the respect others in the league have for the two players’ abilities, but that Brown and McNear are not the type to get caught up in the limelight.

“They realize that they play a sport where it takes a team to win,” Cowles said. “You’ve got to have each other to get it done, and they’re very focused right now. I think they’re probably very tickled about it, but at the same time, they realize that’s an individual thing, and we’re trying to compete win a team championship.”

-Zach Greenwell

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Commentary: Lady Tops’ Brown is one of best ever in less than three years

The numbers are eye-popping when you put into perspective what senior forward Arnika Brown has accomplished over the past four games.

Over that span, Brown is averaging 15.3 points and 19.3 rebounds per game. She’s averaging 11.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season.

Needless to say, someone’s stepping up their game.

“She makes us look really good when she’s working that hard,” Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles told Western’s Big Red Radio Network on Saturday. “If she continues to play like that, our season will last for a while longer.”

The Lady Toppers have gone 3-1 during that stretch, and it’s not a surprise that their lone loss came in Brown’s weakest effort of the four games – a six-point, 12-rebound effort in a 61-53 defeat at Arkansas-Little Rock.

Brown currently has the highest career rebounding average in Lady Topper history at 10.3 per game, but she is far from the record in total career rebounds.

Granted, she’ll finish her Western career having only played two years and change.

Brown has 824 rebounds in 80 career games. Career leader Crystal Kelly recorded 1,258 rebounds in 130 games.

That’s 434 less rebounds in 50 less games.

At her current average, Brown would have pulled down 1,339 rebounds if she had played in as many games as Kelly.

There’s no telling what she could have done with a four-year career. Heck, there’s no telling what she could have done with a full three-year career.

And don’t think Brown is all about the boards. She’s closing in on 1,000 career points as well.

Her 21 points at Arkansas State give her 968 total, meaning she’ll need just 32 points over the final two regular season games, the Sun Belt Tournament and likely postseason play to reach the mark.

Cowles was right when she said the Lady Toppers can go far with Brown playing at her current level.

And the senior forward can squeeze a few more games out of what has been a shortened — yet successful — career.

-Zach Greenwell

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Cowles criticizes Brown in 25-rebound performance?

Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said that with the way senior forward Arnika Brown shot out of the gate against South Alabama on Wednesday night, there wasn’t much about her rebounding to criticize.

But she found something.

“The only thing I could even think to get on her about was that she continued to go with one hand,” Cowles said. “I was afraid that she was going to end up missing it … but she’s so strong, and her jumping ability is so quick and so powerful, that she’s a hard one to box out.”

Brown broke her own school record for rebounds in a game for the second time in a week Wednesday night with 25 boards and led all scorers with 18 points.

Although she’s averaging an eye-popping 20.3 rebounds per game in Western’s last three contests, Cowles said there’s no reason to think that Brown is finished rewriting the record book.

“I’m not going to say that she’s done,” Cowles said. “She’s just got it in her mind that, ‘I need to really make this a priority,’ and she’s just been really good on the boards.”

-Zach Greenwell

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ASU Coach: ‘Never seen a rebounder like Arnika Brown’

When senior forward Arnika Brown broke her own school record for most rebounds in a game with a 16-point, 24-rebound effort against Arkansas State on Wednesday, she impressed more than just the Lady Topper faithful.

ASU Head Coach Brian Boyer also spoke highly of Brown’s ability, making a bold statement about her talents.

“I’m getting where I’ve been in this a long time, and I’ve never seen a rebounder like Arnika Brown,” Boyer said. “I’m talking of all the teams we’ve played — the top-20 teams or whatever. She is a phenomenal rebounder — phenomenal.”

-Zach Greenwell

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Three Lady Toppers named preseason all-Sun Belt

Seniors Arnika Brown, Dominique Duck and Kenzie Rich were each named to the preseason all-Sun Belt Conference team on Tuesday.

Brown, who led the Lady Toppers in scoring (14.4 points per game) and rebounding (11.6) last season, was named to the first team.

Duck earned second team honors, while Rich was named to the third team. Both have scored more than 1,000 points in their careers with the Lady Toppers.

Western is predicted to finish second in the Sun Belt’s East Division behind Middle Tennessee State. Arkansas-Little Rock is picked to win the West Division.

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Lady Toppers’ Black team wins scrimmage

The Black team defeated the Red 9-8 in their eight-minute scrimmage, not surprising since the Black team included probable starters Arnika Brown, Dominique Duck, Jessica Magley and Kenzie Rich. They’re holding a fan dance contest while the men’s team runs through warmup drills before their scrimmage.

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