Panthers return to action this weekend against Centre, No. 9 Trine

Bench celebrating made basket

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's basketball team will look to continue its early season momentum with a pair of game this weekend.

THE BASICS: vs. Centre (Ky.) | Date – Nov. 25 | Time – 2:00 PM | Location – Collier Arena (Hanover, Ind.)

at Trine (Ind.) | Date – Nov. 26 | Time – 3:00 PM | Location – Hershey Hall (Angola, Ind.)

COVERAGE: Centre Live Stats | Centre Video | Trine Live Stats

STRONG START: The Panthers are off to a fast start this season, winning two of their first three games. Hanover is 2-1 for just the second time in the past five seasons, with the other occurrence coming in 2015-16.

SCORING OFFENSE: The Blue and Red's fast start to the 2017-18 campaign is thanks in large part to an explosive offense. Hanover is averaging 82.0 points per game this year, and have scored at least 77 points in its first three contests.  The Panthers scoring average is good enough for first in the HCAC and 18th in NCAA Division III.

CROMER CAN SCORE: Junior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) is averaging a team-high 13.7 points per game, highlighted by a 19-point performance in the season opener against Spalding (Ky.). Cromer has made two attempts from behind the arc in every game this season.

MOTTER FILLING UP THE STAT SHEET: Sophomore Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) has logged arguably one of the best overall stat lines in the HCAC this season. Motter, who has scored in double figures in every game this year, is averaging 13.0 points per contest. The sophomore is also second in the HCAC in rebounds (7.7) and steals (3.7) per game.

NASH NOTCHES 23 POINTS: Senior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) logged a team-high 23 points in Hanover's last outing, falling just four points shy of tying her career best total. Nash made 5-of-6 attempts from long-range against Alma, and is nearing 1,000 career points, as she currently sits at 933.

TODD WITH A HELPING HAND: After leading the team in assists a year ago, sophomore Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) is back to dishing out helpers again in 2017-18. Todd is averaging 5.3 assists per game, which is second in the HCAC. The sophomore is also recording 2.3 steals per contest.

THE OPPONENTS: Hanover will be tested this weekend, as Centre and Trine are a combined 7-0 early on this season. Centre and HC have both played Spalding this fall, with the Colonels and Panthers each earning a home victory against the Golden Eagles. The Colonels are 3-0 on the season and are averaging 68.0 points per game.

Trine, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA National Tournament last season, was ranked No. 9 in the D3hoops National Top 25 Preseason Poll this November. The Thunder are 4-0 this season, winning each game by double figures, including a 94-78 triumph over HCAC-institution, Defiance.

THE SERIES: Hanover and Centre have met seven times since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, with the Panthers holding a 6-1 edge in victories. The Blue and Red have also won the past four meetings, including a 78-50 decision on the road last year.

Trine and Hanover squared off for the first time in over 10 seasons in 2016-17, with the Thunder winning by double digits, inside Collier Arena.

Contact: Tyler Jester