STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton’s McKinley Bostad and Mackenzie Hailey were named the top offensive and defensive players in the Lone Star Conference, respectively, for their on-court efforts since December 20.
Since the last LSC weekly release on December 20, Tarleton has played three games and pushed its winning streak to five featuring crucial conference victories over Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville last week. The games included for evaluation by the conference include Tarleton’s wins over Southeastern Oklahoma, Angelo, and Kingsville.
Bostad turned in three straight stellar offensive performances to lead the TexAnns. The junior from Kennedale scored in double figures in all three games and led the team with 14.3 points per game while shooting .444 from the floor, .538 from beyond the arc, and .923 at the free throw line.
Her week began with a 16-point performance against Southeastern Oklahoma to close out the 2017 calendar year. She followed up with 14 points in 26 minutes to lead Tarleton to a 72-56 rout of Angelo State to open the new campaign and then turned in a near non-traditional double-double with 13 points and nine assists in a 60-43 win against Texas A&M-Kingsville.
In addition to her 43 points on offense, Bostad grabbed eight rebounds, swiped seven steals, had one block, and led the team with 15 assists for the week. Tarleton outscored its opponents 192-148 over the last three games with Bostad at the forefront.
On the defensive end, Hailey was dominant as she led the team with 28 rebounds in three games, including 19 on the defensive end, and boasted back-to-back double-doubles to lead Tarleton to a pair of Lone Star Conference wins against Angelo State and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Hailey opened the new calendar year with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead Tarleton past Angelo State and followed up with a 15-point, 11-rebound effort in Tarleton’s best defensive showing the of the season. The Hailey-lead defense held Texas A&M-Kingsville to just 11 points in the first half, which is the lowest allowed in a half since Dec. 2, 2013 against Arlington Baptist. Over that dominant opening half, Hailey and the TexAnns held Kingsville without a field goal for 16:07 between the first and second quarter for a .091 percentage from the floor and forced 14 turnovers in the opening half. Hailey had a team-high four blocks against the Javelinas.
For the week, Hailey totaled seven blocks and had nine steals to go along with her 31 points and 28 rebounds. She anchored the Tarleton defense that held its three opponents to 49.3 points per game on a .340 shooting clip.
This is the first career award for Bostad and the second for Hailey. It’s the first career defensive award for Hailey, who won one offensive award last year.
Tarleton will be back in action Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. in Commerce and Thursday afternoon at 11:30 a.m. in Denton against Texas Woman’s.