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Henson named GAC Player of the Week

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ARKADELPHIA -- Henderson State senior guard Haleigh Henson, of Greenwood, was announced Monday as the Great American Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week after she established a new league record for 3-pointers in a career.

Henson finished with 13 points, three rebounds and three assists in 44 minutes in Henderson's 79-70 overtime win Thursday against Southeastern Oklahoma State (10-12, 8-9) at the Duke Wells Center. She shot 3-for-7 from 3-point and 5-for-11 overall.

The Reddies (17-6, 13-4) trailed by 21 points Saturday at home against East Central (7-14, 6-11), but rallied in the second half behind 23 points from Henson to win 79-71. She made five assists, pulled down three rebounds and shot 7-for-15, including 4-for-11 from 3-point.

Arkansas Tech's Anissa Pounds previously held the GAC record of 268 3-pointers made in a career. Henson has now made 271 in her career at Henderson, including 63 so far this season.

Henson leads the Reddies with 34 minutes per game and is second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game. She is shooting 63-for-171, 36.8 percent, from distance.

Henson is the first Henderson women's basketball player this season to win the weekly award. The honor is the first of her career. The last Reddie to win the award was Pink Jones in December 2016.

The Reddies are five games clear of Ouachita Baptist (12-11, 8-9) for third place in the conference. The top eight teams qualify to compete in the GAC Tournament March 1-4 in Bartlesville, Okla.

Ouachita sophomore guard Chasidee Owens, of Springdale, earned a nomination this week. She had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals in 25 minutes of the Tigers' 69-62 win at home over East Central on Thursday. She led the Tigers again with 18 points and five rebounds in a 68-66 loss on Saturday to Southeastern.

Owens and sophomore Madison Brittain, of Bentonville, are the only two members of the team to start every game this season. Owens ranks second on the team with 10.8 points per game. Leading scorer Taylor Bowles, 11.7 points per game, was injured after nine games and has not played since December.

The other nominees were Sydney Layrock, senior, Harding; Olivia McWilliams, junior, Southern Arkansas; Cheyenne North, senior, Arkansas Tech; Lakin Preisner, junior, East Central; and Hailey Tucker, junior, Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Arkansas Tech junior guard Alex Brown, of Vernon, Fla., was named the GAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week after he set the school and conference record for 3-pointers in a 97-67 win vs. Oklahoma Baptist (9-14, 6-11) on Saturday. He was 12-for-20 from distance for the Wonder Boys (15-8, 9-8) and finished with 41 points and 10 rebounds, the second 40-point, 10-rebound game in GAC history. The 12 3-pointers matched the most in Division II this season.

No players from Henderson (12-11, 7-10) nor Ouachita (9-13, 7-10) were nominated for the men's award. The other nominees were Jhonathan Dunn, sophomore, Southern Nazarene; C.J. Elkins, junior, Southern Arkansas; A'Torey Everett, junior, Southeastern; Karim Mawuenyega, senior, Arkansas-Monticello; Gabe McKenzie, junior, East Central; and Tim Wagner, senior, Harding.

Henderson won 96-75 over Southeastern (12-10, 11-6) Thursday, but lost 102-88 Saturday to East Central (13-8, 11-6). Ouachita lost 85-83 to East Central on Thursday and 88-79 to Southeastern Saturday.

All four teams will be at home again Thursday. Henderson will host Arkansas-Monticello and Ouachita will host Harding.

The Reddies will head to Russellville on Saturday to face the Wonder Boys and the Golden Suns. Ouachita will travel on Saturday to Monticello to face the Boll Weevils and the Cotton Blossoms.

Sports on 02/13/2018

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