ANGOLA, Ind. – Despite a solid defensive effort and a strong showing from the bench, the Hanover women's basketball team dropped a non-conference contest at nationally ranked Trine (Ind.) Sunday afternoon, 57-47.
The Panthers (3-2) allowed a season low 20 points in the first half to the Thunder (5-0), who entered Sunday No. 9 and 16 respectively in the D3hoops and WBCA preseason top 25 polls.
Sophomore Haley Huddleston (Henryville, Ind.) scored eight of her team high 10 points in the first half to give the Blue and Red a 23-20 edge at the intermission. Coming off the bench, Huddleston added three rebounds in the contest as well.
After conceding the first six points of the ball game, Hanover was finally able to light up the scoreboard at the 4:34 mark of the opening quarter. Falling behind by as many as seven in the opening frame, a Huddleston three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining pulled the Panthers within three points, 13-10.
Hanover tallied the first four points of the second quarter to capture its first lead of the game, 14-13, as sophomore Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) drained a jumper at the 7:19 mark. Motter recorded a team high seven rebounds, to go along with her seven points.
With the score tied midway through the period, HC used a 6-0 run, capped by a three pointer from junior Avery Chezem (Loogootee, Ind.) to earn its largest lead of the contest at 23-17. Chezem finished with six points, making both of her attempts from behind the arc.
The Blue and Red led for the first portion of the third quarter, but a 10-3 Thunder run over the final 5:05 gave them a 40-33 edge entering the final 10 minutes of play.
Trine continued to extend its advantage in the fourth frame, posting its largest lead of the game, 13 points, at 48-35, with 5:30 left to play. Hanover was unable to pull within single digits down the stretch, falling 57-47.
Off the bench, Huddleston and Chezem were joined by junior Morgan Bivins (Bloomington, Ind.), who made 3-of-4 attempts for seven points, while also adding four rebounds. Overall, Hanover had 27 of its 49 points come from the bench.
Junior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) added six points in the starting lineup, as all of her damage came at the charity stripe where she was 6-for-8.
The Panther defense held its fourth opponent in five games this season to under 40 percent shooting, while doing so in each of the last three outings. The Blue and Red however, logged just a .333 shooting clip Sunday.
Hanover will break from non-conference action with the first of four straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contests next weekend. The Panthers will travel to face Franklin at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, in their conference opener.
Reminder, next Saturday's contest will be the first featured radio broadcast on 95.3 WIKI this winter. For the complete schedule of radio broadcasts, visit the link above.
Contact: Tyler Jester