Panthers close seven-game road trip at Anderson Saturday

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's basketball team will cap off a month-long stretch of road and neutral sites games with a 5 p.m. contest at Anderson Saturday, Jan. 13.

The Panthers (9-5, 5-2 HCAC) have not had a home game since Dec. 9, 2017, as Saturday's game will mark their seventh straight away from Collier Arena.

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THE TEAMS: After winning this past Wednesday, Hanover will have a chance to win 10 of its first 15 games for the first time since the 2012-13 season, a year the team went 21-8 overall en route to a conference tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. During the current road stretch, HC has a 4-2 record and has won three of its last four overall.

On the season, the Panthers are 4-2 in true road games, including a 4-1 mark in conference contests. Combining all of its games away from Collier Arena, HC has a 6-4 record.

With back-to-back 80-plus point performances, the Blue and Red have improved their season scoring average to 72.6 points per game, which is second in the HCAC and among the top 50 in the country. Hanover is also playing its best defense under third year head coach John Jones, conceding 66.4 points per outing.

Anderson is still in search of its first victory of the season after falling to Manchester Wednesday evening, 65-63. The Ravens are averaging 48.3 points per game, while allowing close to 70 points per outing.

THE SERIES: Hanover will be looking to tie its longest winning streak against the Ravens since the start of the 2006-07 season, as the team won nine in a row from 2009-13. The Panthers have won eight straight meetings, outscoring AU by an average margin of 21.1 points per game. Since the 06-07 campaign, HC is 18-7 against AU.

LAST TIME OUT: After a sharp-shooting first half from both sides, it was Hanover that was able to keep its hot shooting pace in the second half, pulling away from Earlham, 86-75. The Blue and Red finished with a 50 percent shooting clip for the second straight game, while also tying a season high in field goal percentage.

Senior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) received her first start of the season and did not disappoint, tallying a career high 29 points. Nash also became just the 13th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points in the win.

Also adding double-digit point efforts were sophomore Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) and junior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.). Motter finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Cromer added 18 points while tying for the team high in steals with three. Overall, the trio of Nash, Motter and Cromer combined for 66 of HC's 86 points.

UP NEXT: Hanover will return home to face Mt. St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m., next Wednesday, Jan. 17. The Panthers are 3-1 at home this year and defeated the Lions, 68-55, inside Collier Arena last February.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu