Crystal Kelly

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Crystal Kelly
Personal information
Born (1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 30)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Sacred Heart Academy
(Louisville, Kentucky)
College Western Kentucky (2004–2008)
WNBA draft 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Houston Comets
Position Forward
Number 42
Career history
2008–2009 Sacramento Monarchs
2009 Detroit Shock
2010 San Antonio Silver Stars
Stats at

Crystal Kelly (born September 15, 1986) is a professional basketball player who played in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

High school[edit]

Kelly played for Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, where she was named a WBCA All-American. In addition, Kelly was named the 2004 Kentucky Miss Basketball. She participated in the 2004 WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored four points.[1]


Kelly attended college at Western Kentucky University, where she was a standout basketball player. She broke the WKU women's basketball program record for career rebounds, and earned a place in the top 25 career scorers in NCAA Division I women's basketball history by scoring over 2,600 points. In her senior year, she led the nation with a 64.8% field goal shooting percentage. Kelly was named to the all-Sun Belt Conference team during each of her four collegiate seasons, and was named the 2008 Sun Belt Player of the Year in her senior season. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in public relations in 2008.[2]

Western Kentucky statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Western Kentucky 30 579 61.1 - 73.7 10.4 1.2 1.2 1.1 19.3
2005–06 Western Kentucky 34 687 60.1 - 76.1 8.5 1.3 1.4 0.9 20.2
2006–07 Western Kentucky 32 770 61.1 31.8 77.4 9.4 1.3 1.3 0.7 24.1
2007–08 Western Kentucky 34 767 64.4 29.4 82.5 10.5 1.9 1.2 1.0 22.6
Career Western Kentucky 130 2803 61.7 30.8 77.8 9.7 1.4 1.3 0.9 21.6


Following her collegiate career, Kelly was selected in the third round (31st overall) in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Houston Comets.[4] The Comets waived Kelly in May 2008, but a few days later she was signed to the Sacramento Monarchs.[5]

Kelly averaged 7 points per game in 16 minutes per game as a backup to starting forward Rebekkah Brunson during the 2008 regular season. Then an injury to Brunson allowed Kelly to become a starter and a notable scorer during the WNBA Playoffs. In the Monarchs' victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals, Kelly led all scorers with 19 points.[6]

Post-Playing Days[edit]

In late August 2012, Chancellor Dugan, new head coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville announced the hiring of Kelly as an assistant women's basketball coach that began with the 2012–13 season. Kelly was responsible for recruiting and post player development. In late June 2016, she was announced as a new assistant coach at Tennessee Tech University under head coach, Kim Rosamond.


  1. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "WNBA Crystal Kelly Playerfile:Bio". Archived from the original on November 10, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "2008 WNBA Draft Board". Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2008 WNBA Transactions". 
  6. ^ "Kelly scores 19 to keep Monarchs alive". [dead link]

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