Senior Cailyn Long impacts the basketball team in multiple ways
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Senior Cailyn Long impacts the basketball team in multiple ways


Dustin Teenor

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The season is well underway for the NSU’s women basketball team and the team is leaning on senior leadership to get them wins down the stretch. One of the key seniors on the team would be Cailyn long, senior forward.

Before coming to NSU as a freshman, Long played at Sparta high school in Spartan, Missouri. During her time their she was awarded All-State three times and averaged 21 points-per-game in all four years of high school.

Long’s success in high school showed that she had what it takes to play at the next level and she knew that was her plan at an early age.

“I am a very goal-oriented person so around the time I was in middle school was when I really started to think that I could play college basketball, and I made it a goal for myself,” said Long. “Then I just didn’t give myself any other option after that.”

Long was then recruited by coach Randy Gibson, former NSU head coach, in the 2015-2016 season. Long went on to play 29 games with 13 starts her freshman year and averaged 9.4 points per game. She finished the year scoring 274 points for her team.

After Long played a year for coach Gibson, he retired from the program after 18 seasons at NSU. Fala Bullock, current NSU basketball head coach, was hired during Long’s sophomore season.

“The coaching transition was hard at first,” said Long. “Learning a new system and how to play for someone else is always hard, especially when they didn’t recruit you. Since Coach Bullock played for coach Gibson, it definitely made the transition a little easier because some of the core principles were still the same.”

Long is now in her third year under coach Bullock and the two seem to work well together. Under her coaching, Long has averaged double digit points her sophomore and junior year while achieving All-MIAA Honorable mention in both seasons.

“Cailyn contributes to our team in many different ways,” said Bailee Eldred, senior guard. “She’s a big scoring threat, she can shoot the three very well and get to the basket. She brings a major offensive threat to our team. She brings about a leadership role to the younger players by teaching them and showing them what to do and how to do it, offensively and defensively.”

Long has started in seven games this season and has played around 180 minutes this season. She had her best game against Northwestern Oklahoma, where she scored 22 points in 38 minutes of action. Long will have a bright future after leaving NSU graduating with a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

The women’s next game will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 5 at Pittsburg, Kansas, where the RiverHawks will look to improve on their 2-5 record.

“I’m excited for the season and our growth this far,” said Destiny Strange, senior forward. “We still have more to go but it’s good to see it happening.”

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