HANOVER, Ind. – The annual Hanover women's basketball position preview opens the 2019-20 season with a look at the Panther forwards.
The Blue and Red are coming off a 19-8 record from last year that saw the team appear in their third straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
The women were recently picked to finish second in the HCAC Preseason Poll which included one first-place ballot. Since the 2009-10 season, Hanover has been picked to finish among the top half of the conference. The Panthers will open the 2019-20 campaign with two games at the Hope (Mich.) hosted Tip Off Classic on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16.
ALEXIS NALL: Senior Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) posted a proficient year finishing the 2018-19 campaign averaging a double double for the Blue and Red in points (18.4) and rebounds (10.5). The Preseason All-American broke her own school record, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor placing her among the top 10 nationally. Her 15 double-doubles last season ranked her inside the top 25 for most in Division III. By the time it was all said and done, Nall had been named the HCAC Most Valuable Player and a First Team All-Region honoree.
SAVANNAH COURTNEY: Junior Savannah Courtney (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) appeared in 27 games for the Panthers with five starts in 2018-19. The junior posted a career-high 14 rebounds in the teams HCAC Tournament opening round game, landing just two points shy of a double-double. She significantly boosted her game last season nearly quadrupling her rebound (72) and scoring (99) total. She will be counted on heavily this season to play multiple roles and positions for the Panthers.
COLUMBUS COMBO: Sophomore Liz Tynan (Columbus, Ind.) and Kat Norman (Columbus, Ind.) will look to make an immediate impact this season. Tynan is coming off her first year in the Blue and Red, highlighted by a three rebound performance including a stretch of four games with at least one board. During the run, Tynan also notched a career-high in scoring, shooting a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe at Manchester.
NEW FACES: Freshman Lilly Ward (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Callie Wilder (North Vernon, Ind.), Anna Bauer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Keaton Chastain (Paoli, Ind.) will look to provide depth to the Hanover roster and get a chance to prepare for the future.