Hale has 30 points, 10 boards as CMU reaches NAIA Sweet 16

March 14, 2018

DaJonee Hale basketball

DaJonee Hale

As if leading the country in scoring wasn’t enough, Nene Hale of Anchorage showed again why she’s a national player-of-the-year candidate in the NAIA.

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.