Henderson, Golden Eagles bounce early

The Golden Eagles women’s basketball team (12-18, 9-7) ended its season on March 6 in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament against Jacksonville State. The loss came on a game winning layup from the Gamecocks in the closing seconds. The 57-56 loss abruptly finished the women’s up and down season.

Junior guard Diamond Henderson finished the game with 21 points and six assists, capping off her stellar third year. Though the season did not finish the way she and the team expected it to, next year holds great prospect for them.

“Things went much unexpected in the tournament,” said Henderson. “I don’t think anyone was prepared for losing by a buzzer beater. I feel good about this group for next year; we have a lot of hard workers and great recruits coming in.”

Henderson’s 19.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game average helped her garner First Team All-OVC honors. This is her second year in a row receiving this honor.

“For me, making OVC First-Team is just proving people wrong,” said Henderson. “It’s another stepping stone in my career that’s getting    me ready for what’s next in my life. Not many people have the work ethic to be able to score 1,000 points in two years. I’m really blessed to be a part of this.”

Along with the return of Henderson, the team’s leading post player, Candace Parson, will be returning for her senior year. Also, returning next season after injuries are T’Keyah Williams and Shunice Herron. Expect the Golden Eagles to be very competitive in the OVC next year.