Hanoverians to lead all star team in Brazil

Hanover College women’s basketball coach Molly Jones, along with the Panthers’ Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) and Kelsey Jones (Hanover, Ind.), will lead the USA D-3 All Stars during the squad’s August 6-13 tour of Brazil.

The USA D-3 All Stars’ 10-player roster consists of invited athletes from across the country. The team will practice in Orlando, Fla., August 4-5, before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to begin a five-game, eight-day tour of the country.

The first three games of the tour will be played in Jundiai, August 6-8. The student-athletes will play two games in Rio de Janeiro, August 10-11.

“This tour is designed to expose players to a great basketball experience while providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth,” said Ron Smith of USA Sports Tours & Events.

Jones, who has led Hanover to four consecutive 20-win seasons, will be joined on the bench by the Panthers’ assistant coach John Jones and Kyle Wilson, a 2005 Hanover graduate and current assistant coach at Henderson State University (Ark.).

Hopkins, a junior guard, was a first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection for the Panthers last season. She was second on the squad with 12.8 points per game and set a school single-season record with 128 steals. She led the team with 4.6 steals and 3.5 assists per outing.

Jones, a sophomore guard, appeared in nine games off the bench in her first season with Hanover’s program.

The USA D-3 roster also includes: Jocelyn Hamilton, a junior guard from Manchester University; senior guard Maureen Hirt and sophomore guard Meredith Williams from Kenyon College (Ohio); Stefanie Lang, a junior center from Olivet College (Mich.); senior forward Chelsea  Leeder from Southwestern University (Texas); Sally Linzmeier, a junior guard from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Meghan Nowak, a junior forward from Eastern University (Pa.); and senior forward Tricia Sorensen from Concordia College (Minn.).

In addition to the five games, the student-athletes will visit local schools and Brazilian landmarks such as the beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema, and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.