Hanover women pull away in second half for 68-55 win over MSJ

Maleha Motter loads up a three pointer


HANOVER, Ind. – In its final regular season home game of the season, the Hanover women’s basketball team earned its third straight home win with a 68-55 defeat of visiting Mount St. Joseph Wednesday evening in Collier Arena.

With the win, the Panthers improve to 13-11 overall and 11-6 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Lions fall to 2-22 overall and 1-16 in league action.

Mount St. Joseph scored the first four points of the game and led 11-5 at the 4:19 mark, but Hanover scored 10 of the final 15 points to cut the deficit to 16-15 at the end of one period of play.

The Lions continued to lead for most of the second quarter and held a five-point advantage with 4:22 remaining, but less than a minute later, freshman Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) knocked down a three-pointer to ignite a 10-1 spurt to close the half and give Hanover a 33-29 lead at the intermission.

The lead grew to 10 almost midway through the third quarter, but Mount St. Joseph would not go away and pulled within 45-39 with 2:42 on the clock.

Ahead by seven after three quarters, the lead only grew in the fourth quarter as the Panthers pulled away for the 13-point victory.

Hanover shot 50.0% (26-52) from the floor and tied a season-high with 10 three-pointers on 23 attempts, while also limiting the Lions to only 30.8% (20-65) from the field.

Four players finished in double-figures led by Motter’s sixth double-double of the season. The first-year forward came off the bench to score 14 points and grab 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.

Fellow freshmen Audrey Wetzel (Columbus, Ind.) and Kristin Mills (Cincinnati, Ohio) also finished in double figures off the bench. Wetzel had 12 points and six rebounds, and Mills added 11 points and five boards. Junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) also contributed 10 points and four rebounds in the win.

The Panthers will close out the regular season Saturday, Feb. 18 with an HCAC road game at Bluffton. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard


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