After leading Tarleton to a pair of road wins last week, including an upset at No. 8 West Texas A&M, Mackenzie Hailey has been named the top defensive player in the Lone Star Conference for the second time this season.
This is Hailey's third career weekly honor from the conference. She has won two defensive honors this season and one offensive award last season.
Hailey was a force on both ends of the floor for Tarleton last week as she led the TexAnns to back-to-back road wins over No. 8 West Texas A&M and UT Permian Basin. She anchored the Tarleton defense that held its opponents to 54.5 points per game for the week on .371 shooting from the floor. Hailey averaged 16.5 points per game, highlighted by a 19-point performance against No. 8 West Texas A&M Thursday night to give the TexAnns their first road win against the Lady Buffs since 2011.
In that game, Hailey shot .500 from the floor and was 5-5 from the free throw line to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Arguably, her biggest play of the night came with 43 seconds left and Tarleton trailing 64-62. After missing a jumper, Hailey hustled to collect the rebound and put it right back up to tie the game at 64. After Tarleton took a two-point lead, Hailey's help defense forced WT into a tough layup and a desperation put back jumper that ultimately bounced over the back of the goal to give the TexAnns the ball with 0.7 seconds left to seal the win.
She followed up with a 14-point, eight-rebound performance at UT Permian Basin on Saturday. For the week, Hailey collected 13 rebounds and five steals to go along with three assists and two blocks.
Hailey and the TexAnns will return home this week to host Cameron and Midwestern State. Tarleton and Cameron will tip-off Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and then the Mustangs come to town on Saturday at 2 p.m. to renew their rivalry.