HPU Women’s Hoops Opens League Play Against Longwood

Posted by Press Release on November 30, 2015 at 4:31 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team returns home from Cancun to kick off Big South action against Longwood on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Millis Center.

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The Panthers dropped their two contests to UAB (56-46) and Georiga Teach (81-61) in the 2015 Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya over Thanksgiving break. Junior Kaylah Keys earned all-tournament honors averaging 14.0 points in her two outings in Mexico.

• Junior Kaylah Keys is sixth on HPU’s Division I scoring list with 1,134 career points and is 66 away from tying Cheyenne Parker (2010-13) from fifth.
• Keys has drilled 149 3-pointers in 2-plus seasons in the Purple & White, which is good for second all-time in High Point history. Jurica Hargraves (2007-11) sits atop the list with 229 in her career.
• The Southaven, Miss. native is sixth in the Division I era with 229 made free throws.

• High Point went 9-1 in home conference games last season and is 23-6 in Big South contests in the Millis Center under DeUnna Hendrix.
• The team’s seven freshmen are logging 62 percent of the minutes and are scoring 51 percent of HPU’s points on the year.
• Freshman Haleigh Hatfield is coming off her best outing as a Panther with 17 points and seven rebounds against Georgia Tech.
• Freshman Emma Bockrath has scored in double figures in two straight games and three of the last four.

• The Lancers are 1-4 this season with losses to No. 9 Oregon State, James Madison, Virginia and UNCG. The squad’s lone win came against N.C. Central.
• In its last outing, Longwood fell 81-60 at UNCG despite 16 points from senior Kyndal Skersick.
• Skersick leads the team in scoring with 9.5 points per game while six players score over 4.0 points per outing.
• Senior Raven Williams was on the preseason All-Big South second team and is posting 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
• Of the seven players that average at least 17 minutes per game, six are upperclassmen with sophomore Micaela Ellis being the outlier.

• The Panthers lead the all-time series 20-11 including wins in the last eight meetings with the Lancers.
• Head coach DeUnna Hendrix is 6-0 against the Lancers and with all but one of the matchups being decided by double figures.
• The Purple & White are 12-3 in the Millis Center against Longwood with the last home loss coming on Jan. 18, 1997.

HPU took both of the matchups between the two programs last season with an 81-60 win at home and a 77-63 win in Farmville, Va. Keys averaged 13.5 points in the two victories while then-freshman Kat Harris tallied a season-high 12 points in the team’s home game on Dec. 2, 2014.

The Purple & White stay at home on Saturday when they welcome Radford to the Millis Center at 2:00 p.m.

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