Panthers host Transylvania in mid-week conference contest

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HANOVER, Ind. – Fresh off a 66-59 victory in its conference opener at Franklin, the Hanover women's basketball team will look to stay unbeaten early on in HCAC play, when they welcome Transylvania at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

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THE TEAMS: The Panthers are 4-2 overall for the first time in three seasons and will be looking for their first 2-0 start to conference play since the 2010-11 campaign. Hanover is averaging over 70 points per game, while defensively, giving up less than 60 points per contest. The Blue and Red are looking to improve upon an 11-7 HCAC record a year ago.

Transylvania has won three straight since dropping its season opener, including an 83-38 triumph at Anderson last time out. The Pioneers have a balanced offensive attack, with four players scoring over 9.0 points per game, as their 70.5 points per contest are good enough for second in the HCAC.

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 than in his opening campaign at the helm in 15-16.

Juli Fulks is in her fourth season as the head coach for the Pioneers, as she has a 67-20 record with Transy. Fulks also guided Transy to the first undefeated conference season in HCAC history in 2014-15, where the team went 25-3 overall and 18-0 in league action. Fulks and the Pioneers are 47-11 in conference play since the start of the 2014-15 season.

LAST TIME OUT: After a slow start, the Panthers outscored Franklin by 13 points in the second and third quarters, en route to a 66-59 road victory. Leading the scoring spurt over the middle periods was sophomore Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.), who scored 11 of her team high 17 points during the stretch. Motter also set a new career high in rebounds with 17, as she was named HCAC Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

Junior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) added 16 points, as she continued to get to the charity stripe, where she made 8-of-13 attempts. Cromer now leads the HCAC in free throw makes this season with 35.

Three players off the bench tallied eight points, including junior Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.), who set a new season high in points and assists, where she added six helpers.

UP NEXT: The Panthers will stay home for their next contest, as they welcome Bluffton for a 2 p.m. tip on Saturday, Dec. 9. Hanover will be welcoming Bluffton, who is receiving votes in the two national polls, for its annual Community Day.

Contact: Tyler Jester                                

jestert@hanover.edu