Pilot in the spotlight: Haylee Andrews leads the way for women's basketball

By Jamison White | November 25, 2019 9:53pm

Sophomore Haylee Andrews sets up for a free throw.

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Andrews has been a big part of the early success of the team, playing alongside a familiar face in freshman forward Alex Fowler who hails from the same hometown in Australia. 

“It’s been great to play next to Alex, she’s been a great help to this team,” Andrews said in an email. “We’ve been playing together for years now so it feels the same.”

Andrews was honored as the WCC player of the week on Nov. 11 for her performance in two road games against Utah State and Weber State University. Andrews scored 18 points against Utah State before dropping 28 on 10 for 12 shooting against Weber State. 

The Pilots are off to a hot start, but their goal hasn’t been met yet. Some of their successes can be attributed to the trust that the team has put into new head coach, Michael Meek.

“We’ve put in a lot of focus and trust to Mike (Meek) and the new coaching staff, which has allowed us to succeed,” Andrews said in an email.

The sophomore guard has been a scoring threat every game this season. The team has run plays that have given Andrews the ball in scenarios that Andrews can capitalize on scoring opportunities, and she has.

“The team has been great at executing and running our sets, which has also opened up opportunities to score,” Andrews said in an email. 

Andrews and company will hit the road to test their perfect record this week, first to California to take on California State University Northridge before making a stop in Colorado to battle the Air Force Academy.

Jamison White is a sports reporter for The Beacon. He can be reached at whitej20@up.edu.

Contact sports reporter Jamison White at whitej20@up.edu.