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NEWS | Walker, Cast, Nix Pick Up All-HCAC Accolades

L-R: Bayleigh Walker, Mallory Cast & Jessica Nix (Photos courtesy of Chad Williams)
L-R: Bayleigh Walker, Mallory Cast & Jessica Nix (Photos courtesy of Chad Williams)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three members of the Franklin College women's basketball team collected league accolades from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) on Tuesday (Feb. 26) afternoon when the league announced it's all-conference and all-freshman teams.

Senior Mallory Cast and sophomore Bayleigh Walker represented the Grizzlies on the league's honorable mention team while Jessica Nix was one of five players named to the HCAC's All-Freshman Team. Additionally, sophomore Lindsay Freije was Franklin's representative on the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship Team.

Walker collected her second career all-conference award after leading the Grizzlies with 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Plainfield, Ind.-native knocked down 50.3 percent of her field goals and 66 percent of her free throws in 2018-19, reaching double figures 17 times and recording a team-leading five double-doubles.

Cast earned her first all-conference award after a senior season that saw her rank second on the Grizzlies with 9.6 points per game and a team-high three-pointers. The Lebanon, Ind.-native added 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 36.3 percent from the floor and 78.1 percent from the line. Cast had a career afternoon against Defiance on Jan. 26, knocking down five three-pointers on her way to a career- best 25 points in a Franklin overtime win.

Nix provided energy off the bench for the Grizzlies in her debut season, averaging 6.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while appearing in all 25 games as a rookie. The Martinsville, Ind.-native reached double digits nine different times, including five straight from Jan. 16-Feb. 2. She recorded her first career double-double against Defiance on Jan. 26, recording 11 points and grabbing 10 boards in an overtime win.