Women's basketball looks to continue strong start in HCAC play with trips to Transylvania and Bluffton

Claire Cromer

Written by Sports Information Student Intern, Cameron Rogers

HANOVER, Ind – The Hanover women's basketball team will strive to remain unbeaten in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as they hit the road to face Transylvania and Bluffton this week.

The Panthers will tip-off against the Pioneers at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, and the Beavers at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 8.

HOT STREAK HARTMAN – Junior guard Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) has caught fire in the past two games for the Red and Blue. Hartman led the offensive charge for the Panthers when she notched her first 20-point game of the season against Spalding on Wednesday. The junior guard then turned around and tied her career high for points in a game with 23 in Hanover's HCAC opener against Franklin. Hartman is now averaging 12.2 points per game and has four games with 10 or more points this season. Hartman is also shooting 100 percent from the free-throw line this season where she is 10-10

ACCURATE ALEXIS – Junior forward Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind) has been very consistent throughout the early portions of the season. Nall is averaging 15.3 points per game and is the leading scorer for the Red and Blue. The junior recorded a season high 22 points in the second game of the season against Wheaton (Ill.). Nall is also averaging 7.8 rebounds per game and is shooting 53.5 percent from the field, which puts her second in the HCAC and 59th in the nation. She also has a .939 free throwing shooting clip. 

MONSTROUS MOTTER – Junior forward Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind) has been huge for the Panthers so far this season. Motter is averaging a double-double, averaging 14.3 points and 14.2 rebounds per game. This ranks the junior forward third nationally in total double-doubles and puts her one shy from being tied for first in the country. Motter is the leading rebounder for the Red and Blue and her work on the glass is paying off. Motter is ranked second in the country for defensive rebounds per game with 11 and is ranked seventh in the country for total rebounds per game.

BALANCE SCORING – Hanover offense has been well rounded this season. Six different players for the Red and Blue have scored in double-digits this season. Senior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.), senior Avery Chezem (Loogootee, Ind.), junior Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.), Hartman, Nall, and Motter have all notched a double-digit performance this season. The Panthers have had four striaght games with at least four players in double figures, including a pair of outings with five players accomplishing the feat. 

SCOUTING TRANSYLVANIA – Transylvania is coming into the competition with an overall record of 4-1. The Pioneers are coming off a win over Bluffton last Saturday, 74-38. Hanover and Transylvania have split their last two regular season meetings. Last season the Panthers beat the Pioneers by nine at home and then lost by 10 on the road.

Transylvania is averaging 69.8 points and 42.8 rebounds per game this season. The offensive attack for the Pioneers is lead by junior guard Shelby Boyle who is averaging 15.4 points per game. Boyle is also leading Transylvania in rebounds per game at 10.8.

SCOUTING BLUFFTON – The Bluffton Beavers have an overall record of 1-5 this season. The Beavers dropped their conference opener to Transylvania and look to bounce back this Wednesday when they will face Earlham. The Beavers have gotten the best of the Panthers in recent years winning their past six matchups against Hanover. Last season Hanover lost 83-65 at home and 64-62 on the road when facing Bluffton.

Bluffton is averaging 56 points per game this season and 38.5 rebounds per game. Junior guard TJ Mills leads the Beavers in points per game at 12.5 and freshman guard Brianna Gillig leads the Beavers in rebounds per game with 8.7.

Contact: Tyler Jester