Women's hoops drops home contest to Rose-Hulman

Brooke Todd dribbles the basketball


HANOVER, Ind. – The top two teams in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings met inside Collier Arena on Tuesday evening, but the hookup was unkind to the Hanover women’s basketball team, as they fell 68-42.

A pair of freshmen starters in Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) and Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) paced the Panthers (5-7, 3-2 HCAC) with eight points apiece. Motter added nine rebounds, while Nall pitched in with six grabs off the glass.

Hanover’s 42 points set a new season low, while their field goal shooting percentage of .241 was also a new low point this season.

Three freshmen scored all 16 bench points for HC as Audrey Wetzel (Columbus, Ind.) scored five of her seven points in the first half, and Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) and Kristin Mills (Cincinnati, Ohio) added five and four points respectively. Both Wetzel and Hartman recorded four rebounds as well.

The Panthers made just 14 shots from the field, but assisted on nine of those makes. Freshman Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) dished out four helpers, with sophomore Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Haley Huddleston (Henryville, Ind.) each adding two dimes.

Rose-Hulman (10-2, 5-0 HCAC) would jump in front early by a 7-2 count, as both sides followed with six points apiece over the final four minutes of the opening period, giving the Engineers a 13-8 advantage after 10 minutes of action.

The Engineers led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, as they took a 32-19 advantage into the intermission. Hanover shot just 25 percent from the floor in the first half, making 6-of-24 field goal attempts.

In the second half, the Blue and Red were able to cut the deficit to as little as 10 points, as a jumper from Wetzel made the score 41-31 with 5:32 remaining in the third quarter. Hanover, however was unable to cut the gap to single digits at any point in the second half, falling 68-42.

Rose-Hulman held a 49-37 edge in rebounds for the contest, while also enjoying a 36-16 advantage in points in the paint. Hanover received 12 of its points in transition, while the Engineers recorded four fast break points.

The Panthers will look to bounce back when they travel to face Earlham at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Contact: Tyler Jester


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