Jessica Lucas Found Out About 5,000 Assist Milestone From Her Dad

  0 Braden Keith | October 30th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Conference USA, News

“My dad’s a big numbers guy, he’s a math teacher,” Western Kentucky senior Jessica Lucas said with a laugh after a historic night in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Sunday.

Not only was it her senior night and last regular-season home game (WKU will host the Conference USA tournament), but in Sunday’s 3-0 sweep of UAB, Lucas recorded 35 assists (along with 7 kills and 6 digs), which pushed her past 5,000 for her career.

The output on Sunday was slightly-better than her 11-per-set average on the season, and she finished the game with 5,006 in her career.

Lucas, a 3-time AVCA All-American, now sits 3rd in Western Kentucky’s all-time rankings in the category – trailing only Sara Noe and Melanie Stutsman for the program’s all-time lead.

If Lucas stays healthy and the Hilltoppers repeat as Conference USA champions and advance to the NCAA tournament, Lucas would have a minimum of 6 games left this season. Depending on how many sets the team plays over those 6 games, an average statistical performance for Lucas over an average number of sets would push her in the neighborhood of 5,200 sets – about 100 short of the school record.

WKU is 25-2 this season and have a nation-leading 21-game winning streak (tied with VCU) entering Friday’s match against Rice. That game will serve as a rematch of last year’s 5-set Conference USA Championship game.

WKU All-Time Leaders in Assists

  1. Melanie Stutsman (2010-2013) – 5,294
  2. Sara Noe (1999-2002) – 5,172
  3. Jessica Lucas (2014-present) – 5006
  4. Jenni Miller (1996-1999) – 4,521
  5. Julia Noe (2005-2008) – 4,369
  6. Caron Biotch (2003-2005) – 4,252
  7. Karrie Doanhue (1992-1996) – 3,542
  8. Cindy Bradley (1989-1991) – 2,688
  9. Cindy Wiseman (1991-1993) – 1,510
  10. Kristi Chandler (1994-1997) – 1,247

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