CCU Female Athlete of the Month: Henry steps up play

Relentless energy and drive, dedication and hard work, persistence and practice; these are a few of the words used to describe Coastal Carolina point guard Angelica Henry, who was named the Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach Resorts Female Athlete of the Month for January.

The Indianapolis native has found and taken over the leadership role for the Lady Chanticleers over the past few months. On the season, Henry is averaging 11.2 points per game in 19 appearances for Coastal, adding 119 total rebounds, 83 assists and 61 steals in 2012-13.

Henry talked about how the team has been able to push through the slow start to the season, and garner some important wins through Big South Conference play.  She said it also gives them more confidence since Coastal is hosting the Big South Conference Tournament at the HTC Center.

“From the beginning of our season, we were excited, but once we went through the early slump, then we just came together and rallied around each other,” Henry said. “We have been running more plays trying to work on getting the ball into our post players.”

Henry said that the Lady Chanticleers had to learn how to better adjust to one another and to play more as a team. When they were able to string together three key consecutive victories, it also brought them together as a unit.

“As a team, we have given each other more confidence, and we are working hard to get ready for the tournament,” said Henry. “The run that we had to get three wins helped us to gain some confidence.”

Henry took the lead in a big way against Gardner-Webb last Saturday in a 70-67 overtime win. She scored 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the victory.

In January against Longwood, Henry scored seven points and six rebounds in a big win. She tallied 19 points and seven rebounds in a victory against UNC Asheville. She also scored 15 and 13 against Longwood and Radford respectively, while adding four and five rebounds in each outing.

For Henry personally, her numbers have been on the increase, not only in the month of January, but within the last eight weeks across the board. She has taken on more on a leadership role that the team has needed. Between getting more repetition, and working with the coaches, she has strengthened her overall game.

“I think that our team has a good amount of confidence now. We just have to take it half by half. For me, I have been talking to the coaches and seeing what else I need to work on to improve my game,” she added.

On the court, she often takes on the role as the quiet captain, but her demeanor is quite different, according to Henry, once others get to know the Coastal Carolina standout.

“In public, I am probably shy, but once you get to know me, I am pretty goofy and silly. I like to brighten other people’s day,” Henry said.

And she’s certainly been doing that for her coaches and teammates this season.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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