JONESBORO – As the 2020-21 women’s basketball season nears, AStateRedWolves.com will provide fans with a weekly positional preview. This week, we are focusing on the wings – Morgan Wallace, Mya Love, Jordyn Brown, Victoria Dames, Hailee Erickson and Karolina Szydlowska.
Morgan Wallace – Senior – Little Rock, Ark.
Morgan Wallace returns for her senior season as one of the top rebounders in the Sun Belt Conference in 2019-20. Leading A-State with 8.2 boards per game, she led all guards in the league in rebounds. She also posted the team’s top steals total with 56 and tallied three straight double-doubles to end the season. She tallied double-figures in 18 contests, including eight in a row to end the season, including 16 points and 15 rebounds versus Troy on March 7. In that game, her 12 defensive boards tied an A-State record at First National Bank Arena.
Wallace enters her fourth season of action needing 51 rebounds to reach the 500 mark.
Matt Daniel on Wallace: “Morgan is one of those ‘glue pieces.’ When she’s on the floor, everything runs smoother and she’s a steady presence for the team. She knows where everyone’s supposed to be. She led our team in rebounding as a 5-10 wing, so she just has a nose for the ball and has a motor that doesn’t really stop.”
Mya Love – Sophomore – Jonesboro, Ark.
Hometown product Mya Love is looking to improve on her debut season in 2020-21 after averaging 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds as a freshman. Love drew eight starts in 26 appearances, scoring 15 points twice – once in A-State’s win over Little Rock and in the Red Wolves’ victory over Coastal Carolina.
Matt Daniel on Love: “The best word to describe Mya is ‘relentless.’ She plays incredibly hard. She does all of the dirty work and doesn’t mind getting on the floor or taking a charge, putting her body on the line for her team. She’s becoming a more confident offensive player and will continue improving as a threat on that end of the floor.”
Jordyn Brown – Junior – Clovis, Calif.
Jordyn Brown is entering her first season at Arkansas State after two strong years at Fresno City College, where she averaged 12.6 points per game in 53 games (35 starts). She shot 34.8 percent (195 of 561) from the field and 33.3 percent (90 of 270) from three-point range. Brown was also a threat at the charity stripe, knocking down 71.3 percent of her free throws (186 of 261). As a sophomore, Brown earned First Team All-Central Valley Conference and Third Team All-State honors after leading the Rams in scoring (16.5 per game) while shooting a team-best 42.5 percent from three (51 of 120) and 80.0 at the free-throw line (118 of 146).
Matt Daniel on Brown: “JB is a JUCO transfer from California who has adjusted really well to Jonesboro. She never really has a bad day. Her biggest strength is her shooting but she also has the ability to make plays off the dribble, too.”
Victoria “Vic” Dames – Freshman – Loganville, Ga.
Victoria Dames is entering her freshman season at Arkansas State after a strong prep career at Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. As a senior, Dames averaged 12.2 points and 4.0 rebounds en route to earning Honorable Mention All-State honors. As a junior, Dames was an All-Region selection, avering 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals along with 1.2 blocks per game.
Matt Daniel on Dames: “Vic brings great size to our wings and she has the potential to be very disruptive defensively. She can stretch the floor and create space for us offensively.”
Hailee Erickson – Senior – Alton, Mo.
Hailee Erickson enters her second season in Jonesboro after playing in 11 games in 2019-20. Erickson is a lethal threat to shoot from deep, knocking down five treys a year ago, including a pair at DePaul. Prior to A-State, Erickson was an NJCAA All-American at Three Rivers College in Missouri, leading the Lady Raiders with 14.3 points per game and made 159 threes. She led Three Rivers to the NJCAA Tournament for the first time in 15 seasons in 2018-19, scoring 29 points in the team’s first-round contest.
Matt Daniel on Erickson: “Hailee is an incredible teammate. Everyone in the locker room loves her. She’s an elite shooter and really opens up the floor for us offensively.”
Karolina Szydlowska – Junior – Wroclaw, Poland
Karolina Szydlowska is set to make her A-State debut after two standout campaigns with current A-State assistant Lizzie Nessling at Seward County Community College in Kansas. As a sophomore, Szydlowska earned First Team All-KJCCC West and Second Team All-Region VI honors after leading the Saints in scoring (11.3), rebounding (7.0) and blocks (1.3). She shot 36.1 percent from the field and 29.9 percent from deep while her 42 total blocks ranked fourth in Division I of KJCCC. She helped SCCC to a 25-7 record and a semifinal finish in the Region VI Tournament. As a freshman, the Wroclaw, Poland, native averaged 9.8 points, 6.5 boards and 1.4 blocks, the latter which ranked fourth in the league.
Szydlowska also owns valuable international experience, seeing time with the Polish U20 National Team.
Matt Daniel on Szydlowska: “Karolina is a long forward who will play a big role on both ends of the floor. Offensively, she’s strong enough to finish at the rim. She has a great pull-up game and is also a threat to catch and shoot on the perimeter. Defensively, she has the size, strength and tools to be very impactful.”
Original article source: https://astateredwolves.com/news/2020/11/16/womens-basketball-a-state-player-positional-profiles-wings.aspx | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council