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Hailey Estes Hits Milestone in Win versus SEOSU

Corey Dylan, Sports Writer

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The Henderson State women’s basketball team was in desperate need of a win Thursday night, and headed into the contest on a three game losing streak.

The Reddies delivered, sitting in the driver’s seat from start to finish. They jumped out to a 15-2 lead with six of those points coming on a pair of threes from Junior guard Hailey Estes.

Estes closed the night with a monumental performance, pouring in 23 points and 10 boards in a 64-38 blowout over the SEOSU Savage Storm.

Those 23 points came on shooting 8-of-16 from the field, and converting seven treys. It also pushed Estes over the 1,000 career points mark.

Henderson ended hitting 12-on-31 from behind the arc, a drastic improvement from their most recent loss that took place at the hands of NWOSU. In that game, HSU went 0-for-12 on threes in the first half and wound up just 4-for-25.

Head Coach Jill Thomas emphasized how important it is for her team not to lose their identity as a high-volume three-point shooting team even when they aren’t falling.

“With the way we run our offense, we want to shoot threes and we want to shoot a lot of them. We went a little cold there for a four game stretch,” Thomas said. “Good shooters go in slumps, and you’ve gotta shoot your way out of them essentially.”

Outside of shooting, the Reddies also dominated on the offensive glass and played with relentless effort on the defensive end of the floor.

They had 12 offensive rebounds compared to the Storm’s one. Defensively, Henderson held SEOSU to 15-of-49 from the floor, and didn’t pick up a shooting foul until the second half.

All those qualities and more are what Thomas will need from her team in their final game of the regular season against East Central University, and ultimately into the GAC tournament.

With the tournament kicking off in just over a week, it is a high chance that HSU will face ECU in the first round just five days following their season-finale matchup.

That idea eases things for Coach Thomas, in an inherently stressful part of the year.

“We play East Central on Saturday and we’re most likely gonna be playing them again in the first round,” Thomas said. “We’re gonna get them back to back, so it’s kinda nice because all the focus is on one opponent.”

The first game between the two will be on Henderson’s Senior Day, which is Saturday, March 2, inside the Duke Wells Center.  

 

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