Women's Basketball: Strong Fourth Quarter Pushes Henderson Past Rogers State 86-73


November 22, 2018

CLAREMORE, Okla. – Henderson State got a double-double from Hailey Estes and shot over 70 percent from the field in the fourth quarter to break away from Rogers State on Wednesday afternoon 86-73.

Estes had a game-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds in 38 minutes, while Karrington Whaley had 13 points, Pink Jones had 11 and Blu Jones had 10.

The Reddies (3-1) got out to a quick start on the road and used three early 3-pointers to open up a 17-5 lead in the game's first five minutes. The Hillcats responded, however, and closed the first quarter on a 13-5 run to trim the deficit to 22-18 after one period.

The next two quarters did little to separate the teams. RSU out-scored Henderson by five in the second to take a 38-37 advantage into the locker room before the Reddies came back in the third to carry a slim 57-56 lead into the final 10 minutes.

It was in the fourth quarter that Henderson finally found its groove. After the Hillcats got the first basket of the period to take a one-point lead, two buckets from Madi Nichols helped spark an 8-2 Reddies' run, which opened up a 65-60 advantage for HSU. A 3-pointer from Rogers State briefly stemmed the momentum, but back-to-back 3-pointers in response from Estes and Lani Snowden gave Henderson its largest lead since the first quarter, 71-63.

RSU tried to fight back and cut the lead down to five at one point, but the final stretch proved to be all Reddies, as they held the Hillcats to just 25 percent shooting in the quarter while going 10-for-14 from the field in their own right, to pull away and win it 86-73.

Henderson shot 50.8 percent from the field in the win and held Rogers State to just 1-of-10 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. The Reddies also forced 17 Hillcat turnovers while giving the ball up just 12 times themselves.

The Reddies' next game is Thursday, Nov. 29, when they travel to Magnolia, Arkansas, to face Southern Arkansas in the first Great American Conference game of the season at 5:30 p.m.


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