HD continues racking up the honors

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 3/4/20

Racking up over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in four years at Owensville High School, former Dutchgirl Hailey Diestelkamp has done the same over the last four years for Drury University’s …

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HD continues racking up the honors

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Racking up over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in four years at Owensville High School, former Dutchgirl Hailey Diestelkamp has done the same over the last four years for Drury University’s (DU) Lady Panther basketball program.

Now the all-time leading scorer and rebounder for the Lady Panthers, Diestelkamp had a game for the ages during senior day Saturday for DU against Rockhurst University’s Lady Hawks at Springfield’s O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Helping Drury to a 68-28 halftime lead, Diestelkamp had 29 points leaving her well ahead of the pace to break her own single-game scoring record.

Scoring 16 of Drury’s 28 third-quarter points, Diestelkamp went into the fourth quarter with a new DU single-game record 45 points.

“What’s impressive to me is that when she had 43 points, she got a drive to the basket and instead of forcing a shot in the lane, she kicked the ball out to Payton (Richards), who hit a three in the corner,” noted Drury women’s head basketball coach Miller. “That’s the type of thing to bring tears to your eyes. We wanted to force the issue with her, but she’s still finding open teammates.”

Adding eight points in the fourth quarter, HD not only broke her own DU single-game scoring record, she also set a new Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) single-game scoring record during Drury’s 118-70 senior-day victory helping the Lady Panthers to a perfect 29-0 regular season and an unblemished 20-0 run through the GLVC.

Her 53 points broke the previous GLVC single-game scoring record held by St. Joseph’s College’s Jeannette Yeoman who scored 51 points against Lewis University back on Feb. 15, 1990.

In addition to the new scoring marks she set, Diestelkamp also set a new DU single-game record for field goals made with 21 in addition to helping the team set a new single-game scoring record with 118 points.

Not only was she recognized by the GLVC for another solid week, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association also took notice.

Announced Monday by the league, Diestelkamp was named the GLVC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the third consecutive week.

In addition to her 53-point masterpiece Saturday, Diestelkamp also put together 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal against William Jewell two nights earlier last Thursday.

That was not all.

Yesterday (Tuesday), she was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s Division II National Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.

Two weeks ago, Diestelkamp also won the national Player of the Week award following a 43-point game at William Jewell.

She joined Shannon Ryan of Saint Anselm as the only other player that has won the national weekly award in Division II multiple times.

Along with her 53-point game, Diestelkamp averaged 36 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and shot 74 percent from the floor going 29 for 39.

As the top seed in the upcoming GLVC Women’s Basketball Tournament, Drury will open the postseason tomorrow (Thursday) in the quarterfinals against eighth-seeded Maryville University at 2:30 p.m., at First Community Arena in Edwardsville, Ill.

Rounding out the GLVC Tournament field is the University of Southern Indiana, Lewis University, Truman State University, Lindenwood University, University of Indianapolis and Bellarmine University.

Drury will be aiming for the GLVC Tournament title game on Sunday, March 8.

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