WOOSTER, Ohio - The Hanover women's basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season to defeat Alma (Mich.) 86-62 on day two of the Nan Nichols Classic hosted by the College of Wooster (Ohio). With the win the Panthers improve to 2-1 on the year, while the Scots fall to 0-2.
Alma jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first quarter, but Hanover hit three three-pointers, including two by junior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.), as part of a 9-2 run to go in front 14-11. Following a Scots' lay-up, the Panthers scored six straight points to push the lead to 20-13 and would go on to lead by 10 (28-18) after one quarter of play.
The lead grew to as many as 14 points (42-28) at the 4:13 mark in the second quarter but Alma answered with eight of the final 11 points of the half to make it a 45-36 game at the half.
The Panthers out-scored the Scots 7-2 to open the second half as sophomore Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) had a three-pointer and a lay-up to help push the lead back to 14 points. Ahead by 11 midway through the quarter, senior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) took over. The senior scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the final 5:13 of the quarter to give Hanover a 22-point lead (74-52) going into the final period.
Only 22 total points were scored in the fourth with the Blue and Red scoring 12 to finish the game with a comfortable 24-point victory.
The Panthers forced 28 Alma turnovers in the game to give them 49 forced turnovers in the last two games. Hanover turned those 28 turnovers into 23 points, and held a commanding 48-15 advantage in points off the bench.
The Blue and Red also shot well from beyond the three-point arc with 13 makes in 29 attempts (44.8%). Six of those three's came in the third quarter on only eight attempts, with four by Nash. The Scots, on the other hand, only connected on 3 of 17 (17.6%).
Nash needed only 24 minutes of action to score her game-high 23 points. The senior came off the bench to make six of her 10 shots from the floor, including all six free throws and five of her six three-point attempts. In addition, she added five rebounds and three steals in the win. For her efforts the last two days, Nash was named to the All-Classic Team after she averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Nall finished with 13 points for her second double-digit effort of the season, while fellow sophomore Maleha Motter (Danville, Ky.) chipped in 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds to go along with a game-high, and career-best, seven steals.
The Panthers will return to action following the Thanksgiving holiday with a home contest against Centre (Ky.) Saturday, Nov. 25. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Collier Arena.
Contact: Mike Pritchard