Hale has 30 points, 10 boards as CMU reaches NAIA Sweet 16
The All-American senior delivered 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in an MVP performance to lead No. 8 Central Methodist to a 98-86 victory over No. 25 Arizona Christian in the first round of the NAIA D1 tournament in Billings, Montana.
With the win, Central Methodist [27-7] extended its winning streak to 15 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the national championships. It was also the team’s sixth victory against a nationally ranked opponent this season.
Hale, of Houston High fame, sank nine field goals and nine free throws in playing all 40 minutes.
The 5-foot-8 guard has eclipsed the 30-point mark in five of her last seven games, highlighted by her career-high 50-point game just 10 days ago.
Hale has drained at least one 3-pointer in 19 straight games.
She leads the national in scoring at 28.7 points in 26 games on .464/.392/.872 shooting percentages.