Kelsie Thaxton breaks records; recognized as nat’l player of week

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Kelsie Thaxton, former Negreet Lady Indian basketball standout and Many native, is breaking records and receiving NAIA Player of the Week honors due to near flawless play as a sophomore with the LSU-Alexandria Generals.

Recent accolades started when, for the third time in five weeks, Thaxton grabbed the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor by averaging 34-5 points and three assists per game.

She helped the Generals post a 2-0 record in conference play during that week and set her name on top of the record books during a Thursday night game in four categories—single-game points, single-game field goals made, single-game three-pointers made, and career scoring.

Her 42-point performance that night in a 96-63 win over Texas College marked not only the highest mark in LSU-A history but also the highest point total in NAIA Division I women’s basketball since 2017.  Thaxton broke the LSU-A record of 40 points, set by teammate Courtney Dawsey earlier in 2020.  She tallied a 15-for-23 shooting performance, including a mark of 10-for-17 from behind the arc.

As she scored her 13th point on Thursday night, she became the LSU-A women’s basketball all-time leading scorer.  Thaxton surpassed Katie Lemieux, who used the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons to score 814 points.

Two days later on Saturday, she noticed 27 points, including a game-high five triples.  She added three assists and three rebounds in the Generals’ 95-77 win over Jarvis Christian.

After such a successful week, it was a shoo-in that she be named the NAIA National Player of the week, which was announced on Tuesday, February 5.

Thaxton becomes the third General to win NAIA National player of the Week honors.  Gilbert Talbot earned the honor for men’s basketball in February 2017.  Sara Andrade did the same for women’s tennis in April 2017.

LSU-A women’s basketball is currently receiving votes in the national poll and ranks second in league play with a 9-2 record. They are building toward earning a spot in the 2020 RRAC Basketball Tournament, which will be played at the Rapides Parish Coliseum on March 5-7.  Next up on their agenda is a return to The Fort for games on February 13 and 15 after a road trip.

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