Doane’s Mak Hatcliff set for historic 1,000 career points

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Mak Hatcliff had a historic freshman season on the Doane women’s basketball team, and she’s on her way to another standout year.

The Beatrice native is 23 points from her 1,000th career point, and in doing so, would become the fastest player to reach 1,000 in either men’s or women’s Doane basketball history.

Hatcliff has played in 41 games at Doane and based on her numbers, it’s hard to believe she is only a sophomore.

She is averaging 22.6 points per game this season and shooting 50% from the field and 33% from 3-point range.

But head coach Ryan Baumgartner said it’s her leadership that really makes a difference on the court.

“She is so levelheaded for as young as she is,” Baumgartner said. “She doesn’t let a lot of things bother her … she’s just even-keeled. She gets everybody’s best shot every single game. And she just battles and battles. And she tries to learn, she asks questions, she watches film, she wants to get better.”

The Tigers have quite the young squad this season, so Hatcliff’s taken on more of a leadership role this year.

Baumgartner said her competitive excellence as an emerging leader stands out. She’s always wanting to do whatever it takes to help her team win.

“We have a lot of new talent that came in this year, which makes it a lot more fun and easier,” Hatcliff said. “So if stuff isn’t working for me, I can rely on my teammates to knock down some shots. We just have a special bond. We all get along. We all love each other. We all want to win. So that makes it a lot easier to get along on the court.”

Despite all of her early success, Hatcliff is shy to talk about herself, focusing on how she can better her team.

“I think she sees it as a team thing,” Baumgartner said. “And that’s what’s the coolest part is. If she plays well, and our team plays well, we have a chance to win the game. And I think at the end of the day, that’s all she’s concerned about.”

Hatcliff could reach her 1,000th point Thursday night for a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup against Concordia.

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