Grace Hales

#25 Grace Hales

Pos. G/F
Ht. 6-0
Yr. Fr.
Hometown Cromwell, Ind.
High School (Prev. School) Westview

2017-18: Appeared in all 31 games and made one start… Averaged 8.0 points per game, third on the team and second among returnees for 2018-19… Second on the team in free throw percentage at .863… Led the team with a .384 3-point percentage (43-112)… Made a career-high five field goals while scoring 12 points – one shy of a career best – in the season-opening win over IU Kokomo... Drained a career-high of four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points in the first road game of the season on Nov. 21 at Miami (Ohio)... Is the only Valpo player who scored in double figures in the first three games of the season, the first stretch of three straight double-figure outputs in her career... Hit seven straight 3-point attempts on Dec. 2 at Liberty and Dec. 3 at Longwood, going 4-for-4 against the Flames before knocking down her first three triples against the Lancers. Scored a then career-high 14 points at Liberty, the only Valpo player in double figures in that game... Returned to double figures with 13 points on Dec. 18 at Eastern Illinois, her fifth double-figure game of the season... Made her lone start of the season and the second of her career on Dec. 29 at Drake... Matched a season-high with four rebounds in back-to-back games on Dec. 31 at UNI and Jan. 5 vs. Illinois State... Had a banner-day on Jan. 12 vs. Loyola, leading the team in scoring for the second time in 2017-18 with a career-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting... Had her seventh double-figure output of the season and second straight with 12 points on Jan. 19 at Missouri State... Matched a career-high by burying four triples on Jan. 21 at Southern Illinois, finishing the game with 16 points, her third straight contest in double figures... Enjoyed her fourth straight double-figure game with 10 points on Jan. 26 vs. Evansville... Pulled down a career-high nine rebounds and finished one board shy of a double-double on Feb. 11 in a comeback win at Loyola.

2016-17: Was a consistent force off the bench, contributing 5.5 points per game while making one start in 31 appearances... Knocked down three 3s in her Valpo debut, becoming the first Valpo freshman to do so in the last decade... Also made a good first impression in the Horizon League opener on Dec. 29, scoring a career-high 13 points at Detroit Mercy... Led the team in scoring on Feb. 16 against Oakland with 11 points. Scored seven of the team's 13 second-quarter points in that game... Finished the season second on the team in free-throw percentage at 81.4 after enjoying a stretch of 21 straight made free throws that spanned December, January and February... Was named the team's Sixth Player of the Year. 

Prep: Averaged 19.2 points, 3.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game in her season at Westview… Led the Warriors to a 21-6 record and an appearance in the IHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball State Tournament… Team captured four sectional titles in her four years of college… Was named all-state by both Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) and the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA)… Hales departed Westview as the all-time leading scorer (1,600 points), the single-season scoring record holder (513 points) and owning the single-game watermark for 3-pointers made (7).

Personal: Parents are Ross and Candace Hales... Born on April 8, 1998... Father Ross played football and basketball at Indiana University. He played for the Hoosiers during the 1993-1994, a team that was under the direction of coach Bob Knight... In high school, was a four-time all-conference performer in three different sports – basketball, volleyball and track and field... Participated in a spring tournament with the Valpo volleyball team during her freshman year when the volleyball squad was plagued by injuries and did not have enough healthy bodies to compete... Is on track to finish her undergraduate degree in just three years and graduate in May. Plans to remain at Valpo to play her senior season and pursue a master’s degree... Majoring in communications with a journalism concentration and sport management minor. Is interning in Valpo’s sports information department and has aspirations of a career in sports media or athletic communications.