Motter honored with first career HCAC Player of the Week award

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – After logging a career performance this past Saturday at Franklin, sophomore Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) of the Hanover women's basketball team has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week.

Motter, who is earning the first HCAC player of the week honor in her brief collegiate career, helped guide the Panthers to a come-from-behind victory over Franklin, 66-59. The sophomore recorded 17 points and 17 rebounds in the conference-opening win.

Her 17 points tied a season high, while her 17 rebounds set a new career best, which she had previously set the weekend prior, where she grabbed 15 boards against Centre (Ky.).

To go along with her second double-double of the season, Motter also recorded four steals, two assists and one block in Saturday's win. Hanover trailed 9-2 with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter, before closing the deficit to just two points by the period's end, 11-9.

Motter helped spark the comeback, which ultimately led to Hanover gaining a double-digit advantage on the scoreboard by the end of third period. She scored 11 of her team high point total in the second and third quarters, where HC outscored the Grizzlies 39-26.

On the season, Motter is one of just two players in the HCAC to average a double-double, recording 12.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. Motter's point average is ninth in the HCAC, while the rebounding mark is good enough for second in the conference.

Defensively, Motter is also second in the league in steals per game, 2.8, and she has blocked one shot in each of the past two games as well.

Hanover is currently 4-2 overall and 1-0 in HCAC play, posting its best six-game start since the 2014-15 campaign. Since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, the Panthers have now won at least four of their first six games on five different occasions.

The Blue and Red will look to continue their winning ways this week with a pair of conference contests, starting with a 7:30 p.m. tip against Transylvania, inside Collier Arena, this Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu