Athlete Spotlight: Hailey Leidel, Women’s Basketball

Hailey Leidel #24
Women’s Basketball, Sophomore

Hailey Leidel hails from Brownstown, Michigan. The 5’11 sophomore sharpshooting guard was extremely accomplished in High School, as Leidel set the Michigan high school records for most points in a game (38) and a season (522) while surpassing 1,000 career points.

As a freshman last season under then 1st year coach Tory Verdi, Leidel lead the Minutewomen in scoring (15.5 PPG), 3-point FGs (78), and minutes per game (38.1). Hailey broke several UMass freshman season records including scoring (465) and free throws made (111), while tying the program record for 3-point FGs in a single season.

Leidel was the 2nd highest scoring rookie in the nation! She also lead the league in minutes played (1,144) and never fouled out in any game. Hailey played the entire game (40 minutes) during an unprecedented 11 games last season, never being subbed out for even a quick breather.

Leidel’s contributions to the team went above and beyond expectations as a freshman, playing beyond her years and taking the scoring reins of the Minutewomen program. Now a sophomore, Hailey has become one of the team’s leaders, being named one of the team captains along with seniors Leah McDerment and Maggie Mulligan.

Shooters gonna shoot. Leidel’s accuracy from 3 has continued to improve this season, increasing from 39% last year to a stellar 41.1% this year. On December 7th vs Fisher College, she put up a career-high 34 points, capped by a perfect 10-of-10 night from three-point land. Leidel’s 10 triples shattered the previous UMass single game three point record of seven threes. Hailey also tied the NCAA single-game record for consecutive three-pointers made. Just otherworldly…

The Minutewomen currently sit at 14-15 (6-10), and will be the 10th seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Minutewomen open the tournament tomorrow, February 27th at 8pm on the road vs 7th seeded St. Louis who have a record of 15-14 (9-7). This will be UMass’s 2nd trip to St. Louis this season, losing a heart breaker 64-63 back on January 18th.

If the Minutewomen win, they travel to Richmond Coliseum for the remainder of the tournament and will play 2nd seeded Duquesne who boast an elite record of 23-6 (13-3). UMass played the Dukes tough in Pittsburgh but fell 60-57 back on December 31st. The potential quarterfinal match up would take place this Friday, March 2nd at 4:30pm.

Upcoming Games:

Tuesday 2/27: Away vs St. Louis* @8pm (1st Round)
Friday 3/2: Neutral vs Duquesne @4:30pm (Quarterfinals)
Saturday 3/3: Neutral vs TBD @1:30pm (Semifinals)
Sunday 3/4: Neutral vs TBD @12pm (Finals)

*1st Round at Campus Sites

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