McGlone named 2023 DEN Newcomer Athlete


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Eastern forward, Macy McGlone (33), attempts to keep possession of the ball after a pass from a teammate, while two Tennessee Tech players attempt to double-team her and steal the ball at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Friday afternoon. The Panthers lost 61-66 to the Golden Eagles.

Autumn Schulz, Sports Editor

Sophomore Eastern women’s basketball forward Macy McGlone has only been a Panther for one season but has already proved her presence on the court.  

Before McGlone became an EIU Panther, she played two seasons as a Panther at Milwaukee. During the 2020-22 season, McGlone appeared in 19 games and put up 32 bench points, 47 rebounds, and five blocks. 

In the 2021-22 season at Milwaukee, McGlone played in all 30 games. She averaged 2.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. She had nine assists and 11 steals during the season.  

Head coach Matt Bollant, after the Panthers captured their 13th consecutive OVC win on Feb. 10, told The News that the summer preseason made him confident in the players that he brought in. 

Obviously, you never know what to expect, but we really anticipated good things,” Bollant said. “We came out of the summer really confident with where we were going and obviously, we have shown that there’s a reason for it.” 

Before the OVC Tournament semifinal against Tennessee Tech back in early March, McGlone told The News that she was looking to bring a strong presence in the paint for her team.  

“I just want to do my role to the best of my ability,” McGlone said. 

She was certainly a strong presence in the paint for the Panthers during the 2022-23 season. Her performance earned her the title of OVC All-Newcomer and first-team All-OVC.  

She was also named OVC Newcomer of the Week five times throughout the season which is the most out of all players combined in EIU history.  

McGlone averaged 12.5 points per game and ranked second in the OVC in rebounds per game with 7.3. She also ranked second in the OVC in offensive rebounds per game with 2.6. 

She led the OVC in blocks with 41. 

As for scoring, McGlone had five 20-point scoring games during the 2022-23 season. She led the team with a 54.4 field goal percentage, scoring in double figures 17 times throughout the season. 

She had four double-doubles with her highest double-double coming against Morehead State as she scored 26 points and had 15 rebounds. 

In her first OVC Tournament ever as an EIU Panther, McGlone put in 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, leading the Panthers in scoring and rebounds. 

The Panthers also outscored the Golden Eagles in the paint 44-24 and McGlone was a large part of that. 

After the loss to the Golden Eagles in the OVC Tournament, McGlone told The News that with Lariah Washington and Morgan Litwiller leaving, new people are going to have to step up come the 2023-24 season.  

“I think that me and some of the other girls on the team are gonna have to step up and fill that role and be the leaders on the team so we can be successful,” McGlone said.  


Autumn Schulz can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]