Haley Peters looks to have breakout season in rookie year
Coming off a 16-point outburst in the fourth quarter to help defeat the Chicago Sky, San Antonio Stars forward Haley Peters looks to use this performance to vault her to continued success this season.
A graduate of Duke University, Peters was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Mystics in 2014. She was waived prior to the season and would go on to play professionally in Spain for two seasons.
This offseason, Peters signed in San Antonio during free agency. She is currently averaging six points per game and has been used in certain areas off the bench by coach Dan Hughes. During Friday’s game, she led the comeback charge, exuding confidence at pivotal points during the fourth quarter.
Peters’ old-fashioned three-point play not only tied the game, but also got reigning-MVP Elena Delle Donne fouled out of the game. Seconds later, Peters hit a clutch 3-pointer to give the Stars a 79-76 lead with 48.2 seconds remaining in the game and San Antonio would never trail again.
As the season progresses, Peters appears to be more involved in the rotation. Her scoring ability off the bench will be relied on, especially since the Stars’ offense only averages 71.8 points through the first four games.
Having an aggressive and confident Peters off the bench will be a plus for offense. She can create her own shot off the dribble and excels in catch-and-shoot situations. Having her take some of the scoring load off Kayla McBride will provide spacing and balance for the offense as the season goes on.