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Anastasia Hayes is nation's leading scorer, named to Naismith list

By Isaac Hillis

MTN Sports Reporter

February 11, 2021

MTSU's Anastasia Hayes is the nation's leading scorer averaging 28.2 points per game. That is a remarkable stat for the Murfreesboro native, who came to MTSU last season after spending her freshman year at Tennessee.

MTSU head coach Rick Insell has watched Anastasia play since she was a young child and believes she has a sense for basketball that you can not teach.

“It’s in her DNA, she is simply just gifted," said Insell.

Along with being the nation's leading scorer and preseason C-USA player of the year, Hayes has the longest active streak of 20-point games with 21. She's on the midseason watch list for the Naismith and Dawn Staley award, semi-finalist for mid-major player of the year, and most significantly on the watch list for the Wade Trophy.

“I have been working hard for this my whole life,” said Hayes.

Haye’s explosiveness is clear to anyone who observes her game. Insell even changed the team's style once Hayes came to MTSU last season.

“ We’ve adjusted our offense to direct it toward the guard position," said Insell. "No one can guard Anastasia.”

The Lady Raiders are off until February 19 at Louisiana Tech.


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