Panthers pick up road win at Earlham, 85-74

Allison Nash and Brooke Todd play defense


RICHMOND, Ind. – Despite going scoreless from behind the three-point line for the first time in 250 games, the Hanover women’s basketball team made 25-of-30 free throw attempts, en route to an 85-74 victory at Earlham on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (6-7, 4-2 HCAC) had made a three pointer in 250 straight games, as the last time they were held without a three-point field goal was back on Dec. 5, 2007.

Hanover more than made up for their performance from behind the arc by shooting a season high 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Blue and Red were 19-of-22 from the charity stripe in the second half.

The Panthers also forced Earlham (0-13, 0-6 HCAC) into 26 turnovers, 17 coming in the second half. Hanover capitalized on the EC giveaways, scoring 38 points off turnovers.

Junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) led HC with 16 points in 11 minutes off the bench. Nash made six of her 10 field goal attempts and added four rebounds as well.

Freshman Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) was the lone starter to score in double figures, as she posted 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Nall, along with classmate Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.), each logged a team high seven rebounds. Hartman also added nine points.

With 12 points, sophomore Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) set a new season high in scoring. Walker also paced the Panthers with three assists and three steals. Freshman Audrey Wetzel (Columbus, Ind.) added nine points and six rebounds off the bench as well.

Hanover enjoyed a 37-35 advantage in total rebounds, while its 14 offensive rebounds turned into 17 second chance points.

The Blue and Red used a 10-2 run in the second quarter, capped by a Hartman jump shot, to capture its largest lead of the first half at 42-31 with less five minutes remaining before the intermission. Earlham however, answered by scoring 18 of the final 24 first half points, to take a 49-48 lead into halftime.

Hanover came out strong in the third quarter, making 7-of-13 field goal attempts, while also adding 11 free throw makes in 13 tries. The Panthers outscored the Quakers 25-13 in the third period, and led 73-62 with 10 minutes to play.

Each side scored 12 points in the final quarter, as the Panthers secured their fourth Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory of the season, 85-74. Hanover is now 4-4 in true road games this season.

The Blue and Red will stay on the road for their next contest, traveling to face Mount St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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