Defense dominates in Panthers' 62-34 win over Manchester

Macy Walker

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's basketball team held an opponent to its lowest offensive output in seven years, defeating Manchester at home Saturday evening, 62-34.

The Panthers (15-8, 11-5 HCAC) posted a new season best defensively, and have now held two opponents to under 40 points this season. The last time HC conceded less than 35 points came in a 59-30 triumph over Rose-Hulman, on Jan. 19, 2011.

Leading by one point at the 6:25 mark of the first quarter, Hanover closed the frame on a 12-1 run, taking a 19-7 lead into the second period. Hanover held the Spartans (7-16, 6-10 HCAC) without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes, spanning the first and second quarters, pushing its lead to 19 points at the intermission, 30-11.

After conceding eight points over the first five minutes of the third period, HC held MU to just one more field goal in the period, a three-pointer, extending its lead to 45-24. Hanover's advantage ballooned to as many as 30 points in the final period, as they won their fifth straight game against the Spartans.

The Panthers held Manchester to a .169 shooting clip for the game, while enjoying a 41 percent effort themselves. Hanover also tallied 12 steals and a season high six blocks.

Offensively, sophomore Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) led the way with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting.  Nall tied a career high in rebounds as well, with 14, marking her sixth double-double of the season and the fifth in the past eight games.

Classmate Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) netted all four of her field goal attempts, including two from behind the arc, for 11 points. Motter also grabbed nine rebounds in the win.

Leading the team in assists was junior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.), who had four. Sophomore Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) added three helpers, as HC held a 17-3 edge in assists Saturday.

Junior Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) added five points offensively and along with Cromer, were two of three players to record multiple swipes.

The Panthers controlled the play around the rim, recording a 34-10 edge in points in the paint. The Blue and Red also outgained the Spartans on the glass, 57-30, grabbing 18 offensive rebounds in the game.

Hanover will look to secure its most conference victories in a season under head coach John Jones when they travel to face Mt. St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Feb. 14.

Contact: Tyler Jester