Miss State’s Madison Hayes Named to SEC All Freshman Team

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(hailstate.com) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After becoming a regular in the starting lineup during the second half of the season, Mississippi State’s Madison Hayes was tabbed to the SEC All-Freshman Team by league coaches on Tuesday.

The Chattanooga, Tennessee, native and East Hamilton grad has started the last eight games for the Bulldogs and has consistently done a lot of the intangible things all season. Hayes ranks second on the team in rebounding with 4.7 rebounds per game. She’s finished four contests with at least eight boards. Of her total rebounds, 40 percent came on the offensive end of the floor.

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Offensively, Hayes is averaging 4.6 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field. In her best scoring performance of the season, she posted 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting and two 3-pointers to help lead State to a victory at Georgia, which is currently ranked No. 16 in the country. She’s also recorded multiple assists in six games this year. On defense, Hayes recorded a season-high four steals in MSU’s win over in-state rival Ole Miss, and she’s notched four of her seven blocks in the last three games.

Hayes nearly finished with a double-double in her collegiate debut, recording eight points, nine rebounds and three assists against Jackson State. In her first career start, she posted nine points, four boards, one assist and one steal against Alabama. She tallied eight points, eight rebounds and a season-best four assists against Central Arkansas.

Hayes became the 14th SEC All-Freshman Team selection in program history. This marked the second year in a row that State had a newcomer on the team, as Rickea Jackson earned a spot on the list last season. Hayes joined the program as a five-star recruit and was the second McDonald’s All-American signee for Mississippi State.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.