Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Hanover women's basketball team fought toe-to-toe with Transylvania in the first 20 minutes before falling victim to a 32-point third quarter, losing 82-64 to the Pioneers Wednesday evening.
With the loss, the Panthers drop to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Meanwhile, Transylvania improves to 5-1 with a 2-0 slate in the HCAC.
The Blue and Red were in a tight contest to begin the second half, down by a score of 43-38. The third frame began with a similar tone to the first two periods, and with 7:37 left the score was 48-42 in favor of the Pioneers. However, Hanover was outscored 27-8 to run out the third and could not recover with a sufficient answer.
The Panthers and Transylvania each shot around the same percentage in the first half, but in the second half the Pioneers outdid the Blue and Red, as they shot 59.1 percent while Hanover posted a .265 mark. Additionally, Transylvania shot 62 percent from three-point range on 8-of-13 efficiency in the final two frames.
Junior Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) paced the Panthers and co-led all scorers with 18 points, while shooting 7-of-11 from the field. She also grabbed eight rebounds and snagged two steals to aid in the effort.
This is a back-to-back 18-point night for Nall, as she notched the same total against Franklin on Dec. 1. Moreover, it is the third consecutive game that she has shot over 63 percent from the floor.
Senior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) added 11 points and five steals, including seven points on three-for-five shooting in the opening half. Her five swipes tie a personal best that she has now accomplished three times.
Transylvania junior, Ashton Woodard, was the other scorer at the top of the leaderboard with 18 points, the second-highest total of her year. She was six-for-eight from the field, making it her campaign-best field goal percentage. Woodard was one of four starters to score in double figures for the Pioneers.
The Blue and Red will next take the court on Saturday, Dec. 15, as they host the first matchup of a men's and women's doubleheader at Collier Arena against Defiance, with a 1 p.m. scheduled tip-off.
Contact: Tyler Jester