Panthers cruise to 88-67 win over Anderson

Baylee Mitchell

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's basketball team scored 10 of the first 12 points and led by as many as 34 points en route to an 88-67 triumph over Anderson Saturday afternoon, inside Collier Arena.

On a night when 18 of 19 Hanover players scored, the Panthers (13-8, 9-5 HCAC) posted their second highest scoring effort, in regulation, of the season. Hanover has now topped 80 points in seven games this year.

Leading the way offensively, senior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) posted seven of her 13 points in the first half. Nash, who played just 12 minutes, made 6-of-9 field goals.

Sophomores Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.), Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) and Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) added 10 points each, giving HC four players in double figures. All three players also recorded three rebounds, while Motter added a team-high four steals defensively.

Nash and Hartman led a Hanover bench that outscored the Ravens 50-4. Five other reserves pitched in at least four points for the Blue and Red.

After conceding the opening two points of the contest, Hanover scored the next 10, as sophomore Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) capped the 10-0 scoring spurt. The Panthers led 29-15 after 10 minutes of play, scoring 15 points on 12 AU turnovers.

An 8-0 run spanning the end of the first and the start of the second quarter sent HC to a 31-15 advantage, as they led by as many as 31 points, 56-25, in the opening half. The Ravens (0-21, 0-14 HCAC) added a three-pointer before the intermission, to close the Panther lead to 56-28.

Hanover's third quarter lead hovered around the 30-point line for the full 10 minutes, and the final five points of the frame went to the Blue and Red, for a 75-42 advantage.

Through three quarters, HC held a .545 field goal percentage before finishing with 50 percent (36-72) clip. The shooting effort tied a season high for the Panthers, who also set a new season-best with 36 made field goals.

Hanover also controlled most of the miscellaneous stats, including points in the paint, 52-34. The Blue and Red also turned 32 Anderson giveaways into a 37-11 edge in points off turnovers.

The win snapped a three-game losing skid for HC, and also marked the 10th straight win in the overall series with the Ravens. With four regular season games remaining, the Panthers are four games clear of Defiance and Franklin for sixth place, the final spot to get into the HCAC Postseason Tournament.

Hanover will look to secure its spot in the conference tournament when they welcome Earlham for a 7:30 p.m. tip next Wednesday, Feb. 7.

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