Following the season ending injury to forward Chloe Bibby, Espinoza-Hunter has emerged into a star. In Mississippi State’s SEC Tournament victory over Arkansas, she tied a career high in points with 24, having drained a record eight 3-pointers. Espinoza-Hunter is averaging 8.9 points and can score at will.
That said, she is a streaky shooter and boasts quickness. The 5’11 sophomore from Ossining, New York is capable of lifting the Bulldogs when in need on the offense end. It is a guard’s game, especially today, and Espinoza-Hunter is the perfect compliment to senior Jazzman Holmes at the point. With guard play comes shooting and there is no doubt that she is not afraid of the moment and willing to take advantage of the spotlight. While Espinoza-Hunter is capable of driving into the lane, she is at her best from beyond the arc.
That said, Espinoza-Hunter will have to limit her turnovers, as she has 33 going into the tournament. Up until her record setting performance against the Razorbacks, Espinoza-Hunter has been somewhat overlooked. Expect her to show up in big moments, as she has proven to be a reliable weapon.
While Mississippi State already had the requisite pieces to make a run at a national championship, the edition of Espinoza-Hunter elevated the Bulldogs into a legitimate contender. With a quick release and range, await numbers from Espinoza-Hunter. It should be a fun tournament, as she is sure to take advantage and make the most of it.