Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter
HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's basketball team will look to carry their positive momentum into this week as they gear up for a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clashes.
The Panthers will travel to no. 10 ranked Transylvania for a 7 p.m. showing on Wednesday, January 15, before returning to Collier Arena for a matchup against Earlham at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, in the second game of a men's and women's doubleheader.
WEEK IN REVIEW - The Blue and Red sit at 7-5 overall with an unblemished 6-0 mark in the HCAC after a pair of wins against conference rivals Mount St. Joseph and Bluffton last week. In the first contest of the slate, against the Lions, HC rode a fast start to a 64-53 victory. Senior Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) notched a career-high 13 points in the victory, while senior Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) recorded a pair of collegiate bests in assists (7) and rebounds (8). In addition, Hartman posted 10 points, joining a trio of starters in double figures.
In their Saturday afternoon showcase with the Beavers, a balanced scoring attack led the Panthers to a 62-53 win. Junior Savannah Courtney (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) registered her first double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Hartman put up 10 points, hitting two-of-three from behind the three point line.
Over the two contests, the Blue and Red assisted on 50 of their 54 made field goals and shot 38.2 percent from three-point range.
NALL WINS THIRD PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For the third time in the 2019-20 campaign, senior Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) garnered HCAC Player of the Week honors. During last week's two-contest slate, Nall averaged 21.5 points per game and grabbed 13.5 rebounds per outing. Additionally, Nall shot at a .640 clip from the field.
Versus MSJ, Nall set a personal-best of four makes from beyond the arc, and finished her night with 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting. In the subsequent matchup against Bluffton, Nall tallied 21 points and 18 rebounds en route to the Panther victory.
As it stands, Nall is second in the HCAC in points per game (16.6), while she paces the conference in both rebounds per game (10.7) and field goal percentage (.508).
SCOUTING TRANSYLVANIA: The Transylvania Pioneers are currently ranked number 10 in NCAA Division III Women's Basketball on the heels of their 12-1 overall record, which includes a perfect 6-0 slate in interleague action. Transy is led by a pair of seniors in Ashton Woodard and Shelby Boyle, who average 15.0 and 14.6 points per game, respectively. In addition, Boyle paces the Pioneers with 6.8 rebounds per appearance.
Hanover is seeking its first win over Transylvania since the 2017-18 season, when HC claimed a 75-69 victory over the Pioneers. On the night, then-sophomore Alexis Nall spearheaded the squad with 22 points.
SCOUTING EARLHAM: The Earlham Quakers are 4-9 on the year with a 3-3 record in conference tilts. As a unit, the Quakers are tied for third in the HCAC with 10.2 steals per outing, and also sit amongst the league top four in offensive rebounds per game. The Blue and Red have won 7 straight in the series dating back to the 2016-17 campaign. In their last clash, on February 6, 2019, Hanover won by a score of 59-48, bolstered by 15 points and 15 boards from Nall.