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Brown-Haywood named SBC Student-Athlete of the Week

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JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – Arkansas State senior forward Khadija Brown-Haywood has been named the Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete of the Week after she helped the Red Wolves clinch a share of the regular season Sun Belt Conference championship with pair of victories in the state of Georgia this past week.

Brown-Haywood also nabbed the College Sports Madness Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

The senior, who has now won the SBC weekly award three times this season, averaged 25 points per game in the Red Wolves’ two victories, while pulling down 10.5 rebounds and dishing out two assists in each game as the Red Wolves ran their record to 22-3 and 16-0 in league play. The Red Wolves, who received seven votes in the latest Associated Press Women’s Basketball Top-25 poll, have the fifth longest winning streak in the country at 16 games.

The Centralia, Ill., native turned in one of the best performances of her career Thursday evening against Georgia Southern when scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in A-State’s 79-52 victory. She paced the Red Wolves in the first half with 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

She scored 12 points in the second half, but became a dominating presence on the glass with eight rebounds, all of which came on the defensive end. She finished the night 9-of-15 (60 percent) from the field and hit 8-of-10 (80 percent) free throws. She had a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 35, and now two of the three highest individual PER ratings for A-State this season.

Saturday against Georgia State, Brown-Haywood scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her league leading eleventh double-double of the season. She produced a balance scoring attack with 10 points in each half, but again became a factor on the boards by grabbing seven rebounds in the first half as the Red Wolves went on to a 85-64 victory.

A-State returns home Thursday, Feb. 25 against Texas State. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

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