Women's basketball keeps pace atop HCAC standings, wins fifth straight overall

Katie Hartman

HANOVER, Ind. – Behind a balanced offensive attack and a stellar team defensive performance, the Hanover women's basketball team extended its longest winning streak of the season to five games with a 71-48 triumph over Anderson Saturday.

The Panthers (11-4), who improved to 6-0 at home this season, kept pace atop the HCAC standings as well, moving to 7-1 on the year. Dating back to last season, Hanover has now won 11 straight games inside Collier Arena.

All five starters for HC scored eight or more points Saturday, led by junior Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.), who scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half. Nall added five rebounds and three assists as well.

Junior Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) recorded her 11th double-double of the season after posting 18 points and 14 rebounds. Motter did most of her scoring damage in the third quarter, 11 points. The junior's 11 double-doubles ties her career season high, which she set last winter.

In the starting lineup as well were junior Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.), senior Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) and junior Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.), who finished with nine, eight and eight points, respectively. Hartman added four steals, while Cromer pitched in with three swipes. Todd paced the Panthers with six assists, four of which came in the first quarter.

With the score tied at seven-apiece, Hanover used a 14-0 scoring spurt to take control of the game and eventually lead 23-12 after the first quarter. The Panther lead continued to grow in the second frame to as many as 21 points, as they enjoyed a 40-22 edge at the intermission.

With its lead never dwindling below double figures in the second half, Hanover captured its largest lead of the contest after a Todd layup put the Panthers in front 65-36 near the end of the third quarter.

Overall, the Blue and Red shot 40.3 percent from the field, while also holding the Ravens to a .333 shooting clip. Hanover allowed less than a 30 percent field goal mark to Anderson in both of the first two periods.

Additionally, the Panthers forced the Ravens into 30 turnovers, which resulted in 20 HC points. Hanover also outscored AU 50-14 in the paint.

The Blue and Red will look to tie their longest overall winning streak under head coach John Jones next time out. Hanover is next set to travel to face Mt. St. Joseph in another HCAC showdown, beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Contact: Tyler Jester