4 Panthers take home basketball OVC awards


Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor

Earlier today, the Ohio Valley Conference announced the members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams that won OVC awards for their performances this season. 

OVC Tournament play kicks off this Wednesday with the women as fifth-seeded UT Martin will take on eighth-seeded Morehead State at 1 p.m.

Sixth-seeded SIUE will then take on seventh-seeded Tennessee State at 3:30 p.m. For the men, sixth-seeded Southeast Missouri will take on eighth-seeded Lindenwood at 6:30 p.m. To finish off the opening day, sixth-seeded SIUE will take on seventh-seeded Southern Indiana at 9:00p.m.

Eastern’s women’s basketball team will play on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and they will play the winner of third-seeded Tennessee Tech and the winner between SIUE and Tennessee State. 

There were four Panthers, two from men’s basketball and two from women’s basketball, that took home awards. 

Freshman guard Cameron Haffner won OVC Freshman of the Year. Throughout the season, Haffner was OVC Freshman of the week five times, with four of the five coming consecutively. 

He finished the season ranked third in the OVC in 3-point field goal percentage with .427. His season high of 17 points was against Little Rock and he scored in double figures 10 times throughout the season. 

Junior guard Kinyon Hodges was named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team and sophomore guard Macy McGlone was named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team for the women.  

Hodges ended his season 11th in the OVC in scoring. He had 148 field goals, scoring 374 points total, and averaging 14.4 points per game. He ranked 7th in field goal percentage with a .500. His season high of 25 points was against UT Martin. He scored in double digits 13 times during OVC play. 

McGlone was ranked in seven OVC categories for her performance during OVC play. She was 12th overall in scoring with a total of 342 points, averaging 12.2 per game. She was second overall in rebounding as she was able to pull down 200 rebounds, averaging 7.1 per game. 

She was also second overall in field goal percentage with a .539 percent. She was sixth in free throw percentage with a .786, making 77-of-98 of her free throw attempts. She was first in blocked shots with 38. 

In terms of rebounding, McGlone was second in offensive with 72 and sixth in defensive rebounds with 128. Macy was also named to first-team All-OVC. 

McGlone’s fellow teammate, Lariah Washington, was also named to first-team All-OVC. The veteran player has now accumulated three first-team All-OVC awards. 

Throughout the season, Washington was OVC Player of the week three times. 

Washington led the OVC in scoring with 466 points, averaging 16.6 points per game. She was ranked 16th overall in rebounding, pulling down 144 total rebounds. 

She was 12th overall in field goal percentage with a .442 percent. She was eighth overall in assists with 83 and third in free throw percentage with a .813, making 78-of-96 free throw attempts. 

She was 11th in defensive rebounds with 117 and second overall in minutes played with 985, averaging 35 minutes per game. 


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