Alexis and Lunden Henry will be continuing their careers at the University of the Incarnate Word as the sisters from Springfield, Illinois signed their National Letter of Intents on Wednesday afternoon. UIW is an NCAA Division I program located in San Antonio, Texas and competes as a member of the Southland Conference after completing their transition from the NCAA Division II level prior to the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.
Alexis, who started all 33 games this season for the Lady Greyhounds, recently received the program’s Most Improved Player Award and served as a team captain for the 2017-2018 campaign. She was second on the team in rebounding with 6.8 per game and recorded double digits in rebounds seven times during her sophomore season. She also registered three double-doubles, including an 18 point, 12 rebound performance against State Fair in the NJCAA Region 16 semi-finals, and averaged 10 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game over the final five games of the regular season.
“Lex really stepped up when we were a little short-handed over the last month of the season,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “I considered her to be the glue of our starting lineup over the course of the year and she made some really big plays for us on both ends of the floor as we tried to remain undefeated during the regular season. She played with much more confidence as a sophomore and we will definitely miss her leadership next season.”
Lunden, who started in 19 games as a freshman, but came off the bench in all 33 games this past season, finished her career at MACC with 399 points and 366 rebounds as she helped the Lady Greyhounds outrebound 54 of 64 opponents over the past two years. She recorded four double-doubles during her two seasons and provided 15 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes of action to help MACC end an eight game losing streak to State Fair Community College on January 17th. She also averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds during the 2018 NJCAA Region 16 Tournament as the Lady Greyhounds secured their first region championship since 2006.
“Lunden is a gifted athlete who, out of necessity, was forced to play with her back to the basket more than we had planned her sophomore season,” said Killinger. “She provided us with some versatility, as we could play her at both the four and the five, which gave us some stability in those positions as far as experience was concerned and it was really a luxury to have someone who started a majority of the games as a freshman coming off the bench this year.”
The Cardinals are coached by Christy Smith, a four-time honorable mention All-American point guard at the University of Arkansas, who will be entering her third season at the helm in the 2018-2019 season.