During her time as a basketball player, whether it was in the black and white of Lone Grove High School or the red, white and blue of Murray State College, Hannah Howard has never backed down from a challenge, or competition.

During her time as a basketball player, whether it was in the black and white of Lone Grove High School or the red, white and blue of Murray State College, Hannah Howard has never backed down from a challenge, or competition.

It should come as no surprise then that the former Lady Horns All-Conference selection is taking the next step of her college career, as she will be suiting up this fall for Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, following a successful stint with Murray State College.

Howard finished up her sophomore season with the Lady Aggies basketball team this past spring, where she registered a season-high 19 points against Paris Junior College, as well as a season high nine rebounds against the Mid-America Christian JV team.

Her accomplishments as a sophomore added to a stellar freshman season in Tishomingo, when she was one of 40 freshman nationwide who were selected to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Star game in Florida. 

Overall, Murray State finished with an overall record of 11-18 for the season including a 6-10 mark in conference play.

“Although we didn’t have the season we were hoping for, this past year was full of learning moments and fun times for me,” Howard said. “We had our struggles as a team, but I’ve gotten to make some of my closest friends through my time at Murray State College.” 

Howard added that having played through two years of junior college basketball has prepared her for what’s to come when she suits up in Bartlesville for the Lady Eagles in the NAIA.

This past season the Lady Eagles went 20-12 overall, reaching the KCAC Semifinals, where they were defeated by Tabor College.

“You really have to love your sport when you are playing it at a junior college,” Howard said. “There will be times where there are absolutely no spectators in the gym, and you have to learn how to hype yourself and your team up in spite of that.”

“There’s a lot of talent in the junior college circuit,” Howard added. “Basically you are just playing against future players who will go on to division one or other schools. The biggest thing is that like at any level of basketball, you have to find a balance between playing basketball and managing school.”

Speaking of her studies, Howard plans to continue her academic journey she began in Tishomingo in Bartlesville as she will continue to be a double major while attending Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Howard plans to pursue her double major journey in psychology and english education.