Women's basketball opens HCAC play this weekend

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's basketball team will look to carry momentum from the opening non-conference portion of its schedule into its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener at Franklin this weekend.

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THE TEAMS: Hanover will enter conference play after a successful five-game start to the season, where they posted a 3-2 record. The team was tested throughout the opening non-conference slate, including a battle with No. 6 Trine (Ind.) last weekend. The Panthers will look to improve upon an 11-7 conference record from last season.

The Grizzlies also logged an 11-7 record in HCAC play a year ago, as they advanced to the HCAC Tournament semifinals after defeating Hanover in the opening round of the event, 65-64. Franklin is currently 0-2 this season after losses to DePauw and Trine.

THE COACHES: A familiar face will don the sidelines for the Blue and Red in 2017-18, as John Jones enters his third season as the head coach and 15th season overall with the Hanover women's basketball program. Jones' 2016-17 team saw a four-game improvement overall and won six more HCAC games that in his opening campaign at the helm in 15-16.

Dana Haggenjos is in her fourth season as the head coach of the Grizzlies and has posted a winning record in every year at the helm for FC. Highlighting her time at Franklin is the 2015-16 season, when the team went 19-8 overall and posted a 14-4 mark in HCAC action.

LAST TIME OUT: When Hanover tips off Saturday afternoon, it will mark the first game action in six days, as the team is coming off a 57-47 loss at No. 6 Trine. The Panther defense stymied the Thunder for most of the game, as HC held a 23-20 halftime edge, before a 20-point Trine third quarter doomed any hopes of an upset.

Sophomore Haley Huddleston (Henryville, Ind.) led the team in scoring with 10 points, including eight in the first half. Sophomore Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) added seven points and seven rebounds, while junior Morgan Bivins (Bloomington, Ind.) pitched in with seven points and four rebounds off the bench.

UP NEXT: The Blue and Red will continue conference play next week as they host Transylvania for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Panthers defeated the Pioneers at home last season, 67-64.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu