Women's basketball opens New Year with conference contests against Rose-Hulman, Manchester

Brooke Todd

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women's basketball team begins the New Year by returning to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this week.

SETTING THE SCENE: The Panthers will host preseason HCAC favorite, Rose-Hulman, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, before traveling to face Manchester at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5.

QUICK HITS:

  • Hanover is currently 7-4 overall and resumes HCAC play with a 3-1 record. The Panthers are tied with Transylvania for second in the conference standings and are just one game back from Rose-Hulman for first place.
  • The Panthers are a perfect 3-0 at home this season and dating back to last year, are currently riding an eight-game winning streak inside Collier Arena. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, HC is 13-2 at home. This season's success is due to the uptick in offensive production, where the team is averaging 80.3 points per game and shooting 48.9 percent from the field.
  • Hanover has won at least seven games prior to January for the second straight season. The Panthers were also 7-4 after November and December action in 2017-18.
  • The Blue and Red are coming off a 1-1 trip in Puerto Rico back on December 18 and 19. Hanover fell to Virginia Wesleyan in the opener, 75-73 in overtime. The team bounced back in the finale with a 69-40 triumph over Alvernia (Pa.).
  • During the international affair, HC was led once again by juniors Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) and Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.). Nall averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, while shooting close to 70 percent from the field. Motter pitched in with 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
  • On the season, Nall paces the Panthers with 16.5 points per game and a .590 field goal percentage. Motter is averaging 14.3 points per contest, while leading the team with 11.7 rebounds per outing.
  • Junior Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.), 10.3, and senior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.), 8.9, are both averaging over eight points per game to round out a balanced offensive attack. The two are also among HC's top threats from behind the arc.

PANTHER RANKINGS:

Team Category – Statistic (HCAC, NCAA Rankings)

Free Throw Attempts – 288 (1, 6)

Free Throw Makes – 183 (1, 13)

Points Per Game – 71.5 (2, 72)

Steals Per Game – 12.0 (1, 47)


Individual Category – Statistic (HCAC, NCAA Rankings)

Claire Cromer

Steals – 26 (4, 120)


Maleha Motter

Double-Doubles – 8 (1, 5)

Free Throw Attempts – 91 (1, 9)

Rebounds Per Game – 11.7 (1, 23)

Defensive Rebounds Per Game – 9 (1, 16)


Alexis Nall

Double-Doubles – 4 (3, 70)

Field Goal Percentage – 59.0 (1, 16)

Points Per Game – 16.5 (2, 126)

Offensive Rebounds Per Game – 4 (1, 113)

Rebounds Per Game – 8.5 (5, 187)


Brooke Todd

Assist-to-Turnover Ratio – 1.42 (4, 149)

Assists – 34 (5, 192)

SERIES HISTORY: Hanover and Rose-Hulman have met 28 times since the start of the 2006-07 season, with the Panthers holding a 17-11 edge in the series. The Fightin' Engineers though, are currently enjoying their longest winning streak in the series, having won seven straight, including last season's HCAC Tournament Semifinal contest. Hanover is 8-4 at home against RHIT since 2006.

The Panthers are 16-7 against the Spartans over the last decade-plus. Hanover has won the past five meetings, all by double-digits, including an 81-62 triumph at Manchester last January. The Blue and Red have won the last two in North Manchester, Ind., and are 7-5 on the road since 2006.

SCOUTING ROSE-HULMAN: Rose-Hulman enters Wednesday's contest with a 7-4 overall mark and 4-0 record in HCAC play. The Fightin Engineers have won 38 straight games against HCAC opponents, with the last lost coming on Jan. 7, 2017. This season, RHIT has won three of its four conference contests by 18-plus points but is coming off a non-conference setback to No. 8 Chicago (Ill.), 68-61. RHIT TEAM & INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

SCOUTING MANCHESTER: Manchester will travel to face Franklin on Wednesday before welcoming the Panthers this weekend. The Spartans are just 2-9 on the year, which includes a 0-4 mark in HCAC outings. Manchester has lost seven straight overall and is coming off an 0-6 record during the month of December. The Spartans are 1-5 at home this winter. MU TEAM & INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

UP NEXT: Hanover will continue HCAC competition with a pair of home games next week. The Panthers open the stretch with a 7:30 p.m. tip against Earlham next Wednesday, Jan. 9. Anderson will then come to Collier Arena for a 4 p.m. contest on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu