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men's basketball to host conference opener Saturday
The Panthers, who are 3-1 for the first time since 2013-14, will welcome Manchester for a 3 p.m. tip inside Collier Arena on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Hanover’s hot start included two wins at the Mount St. Joseph Tip-Off Classic, with the second victory coming over then-No. 11 John Carroll, 90-89.
Offense has not been an issue so far this season for the Panthers as they are second in the HCAC and inside the top 50 nationally in scoring average at 86.0. The Blue and Red opened the season scoring at least 90 points in three consecutive games. Hanover is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field, ranking third in the conference and 50th in the NCAA.
Leading the way for HC this season has been junior Wes McKinney
(Batesville, Ind.), who is averaging 19.8 points per game. McKinney
has relied on his three point shooting this year, making 44.4 percent
of his attempts behind the arc. The junior also leads the conference
in rebounding, grabbing nine per contest.
Hanover’s opponent, Manchester, is coming off its first win of the season on Wednesday evening after defeating Olivet (Mich.) 99-67. The Spartans enter conference play with a 1-3 overall mark and are averaging 74.8 points per game.
Hanover leads the all-time series with Manchester 94-51. The Panthers have also taken the last three meetings and eight of the last 10 overall, including a 78-73 win at home last February.
women's basketball set for home-opener against Manchester
Not only will the contest be the Panthers’ home-opener, but it will also serve as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener for both teams.
Hanover will enter the game with a 1-2 mark in the early going following
a 78-50 win at Centre last week. In that contest junior Allison Nash
(Speedway, Ind.), sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) and freshman
Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) scored in double figures for the
The Panthers are averaging 73.7 points per game thus far and have shot 37.8% (70-185) from the field, including 30.4% (14-46) from beyond the three-point line, and 64.4% (67-104) from the free throw line.
Through three games, 16 different players have seen action in each contest. Nash and Cromer lead the team at 13.0 and 10.7 points per game. Freshman Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) has paced the team with 5.0 rebounds per game, and freshman Holly Kallmeyer (Covington, Ky.) tops the team in assists per game (4.3) and steals per game (2.3).
The Spartans are winless in their first five games of the season having lost 67-58 to North Park and 116-72 to North Central last weekend in the North Park Thanksgiving Classic.
Through five games, Manchester is averaging 61.6 points per game and has shot 36.5% (103-282) from the floor, 27.5% (22-80) from beyond the three-point line and 74.1% (80-108) from the charity stripe.
In the last five years, the two teams have met ten times. Hanover has won seven of those games, including four of the five played in Hanover. The two teams split a pair of games last year with each team winning at home.
Maio claims NSCAA All-Region honors
The senior was part of seven team shutouts, while also recording five solo clean sheets in 2016. Di Maio was also among the top five in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in save percentage (.772) and goals against average (0.76).
For his performance in 2016, Di Maio was named to his second consecutive HCAC first team. This is his first all-region honor, and marks the second consecutive year HC has recorded a third team all-region selection.
As a team, Hanover set a school single season record for victories during the 2016 campaign. The Panthers finished with a 17-4-0 overall mark, and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the HCAC Tournament title.
Di Maio allowed just one goal during the HCAC Tournament, including a shutout in the conference championship to earn the tournament’s most valuable player award.
women's soccer earns three NSCAA All-Region selections
The NSCAA awarded senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) with a first team spot, while juniors Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) and Daria Volker (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) were named to the second team.
Cornacchione, the team’s offensive leader in
2016, is picking up her fourth consecutive NSCAA first team all-region
The senior will have a chance at also earning her second all-American
award as she was named a third team member back in 2014.
After earning NSCAA first team all-region and third team all-American
honors in 2015, Shroyer has picked up a second team selection for
the second time in her career. The junior, who was named HCAC Most
Valuable Defensive Player for the second consecutive season, guided
a Panther defense to nine shutouts in 2016, including seven during
a 10-match winning streak late in the year. The defense allowed 1.29
goals per game.
Volker’s second team honor is her first recognition to the NSCAA all-region team in her career. The midfielder finished the season with four goals and one assist. Volker, who was named to the HCAC first team this year, scored the game-winning goal just 30 seconds into overtime in the NCAA Opening Round, the team’s first tournament win in the past four years.
Hanover ended the 2016 season with a 14-6 overall mark, and its
8-1 record in the HCAC also earned the team a share of its fourth
straight regular season conference title.
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