The Transylvania women's basketball team embarks on its second Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game of the season and sixth overall on Wednesday night as it hosts the Hanover College Panthers at 7:30 p.m. at the Beck Center.
The Pioneers are coming off of a season-opening defeat at the hands of the Bluffton University Beavers, 67-44. The result dropped the Pioneers to 3-2 overall, and 0-1 in HCAC play. The loss also snapped a three-game winning streak for the Pioneers. Transylvania aims to rebound tonight against the Hanover Panthers, a team it faced twice in regular season play last year.
Transylvania enters tonight's game against Hanover leading the conference in outside shooting, ranking first in both three-pointers made per game (9.4 3 pt FGpg) and three-point attempts per game (27.6 3 pt FGApg). The Pios have canned 34.1 percent field goals from outside and also lead the HCAC in that category.
The Pios are making the most of their trips to the foul line, leading the conference in free-throw percentage at 78.8 percent.
The Pioneers defeated Hanover in Hanover, Indiana on December 9, 2015, 94-93 on a buzzer-beater from then-freshman point guard Kristen Hayes. Transylvania followed that up with a victory in its next meeting at home versus Hanover on February 3, 2016, an 89-84 win that lifted the Pioneers to 10-3 in conference play.
Hayes, an All-HCAC Freshman Team selection led the Pioneers in scoring in their most recent game played against Bluffton with 13 points off of the bench in 17 minutes of gameplay.
The Pioneers face the Panthers, who are 2-2 on the year and carry a two-game win streak into Lexington after winning at Centre on November 27 and versus Manchester in their conference opener this past Saturday, a 90-75 win.
Allison Nash leads the scoring charge for Hanover with 13.5 points per game, and leads the team in 3-point shooting at 45.5 percent from deep.
Tonight's game can be followed via the following media links
The Transylvania men's basketball team begins its midweek schedule with high hopes as it comes off of a conference-opening win at home last Saturday against the Bluffton University Beavers, winning 83-60.
The Pioneers journey on Wednesday to Hanover, Indiana to face the Hanover Panthers in the second game of 2016-17 HCAC conference action for both teams. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Pioneers were led on Saturday by sophomore forward Kyle Gullett, who registered a career-high 28 points on 12-for-17 shooting from the field, coupled with five rebounds and two blocks. It was a monster game the Pioneers have anticipated from the forward out of Paintsville, Kentucky, who transferred to Transy this year from Division I Southeast Missouri State University.
Gullett wasn't the only Pioneer with a big night, as senior guard Alex Jones picked up 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field, and narrowly missed out on a double-double with nine rebounds to go with five assists, a block and a steal. Sophomore point guard Cooper Theobald continued his consistent ways with a 17-point evening against Bluffton, doing so on just nine shots. The team's rebounding leader, Theobald contributed seven rebounds and four assists in the surgical win for Transylvania.
Tonight's game pits a battle between the conference's two best statistical rebounders; Wes McKinney of Hanover leads the conference in rebounds at 10 boards per game, while Theobald ranks second at 8.3 rebounds per contest. The two are also key figures in the scoring column as McKinney ranks third in the conference in scoring at 21.6 ppg, while Theobald ranks fourth at 20 ppg.
Last year's series between Transylvania and Hanover was an evenly matched grapple; Hanover swept the regular season contests, winning 69-65 in Lexington on December 9, 2015 and followed that with a six-point overtime win on February 3, 2016.
But the Pioneers returned the favor in the first round of the HCAC Conference Tournament, winning 77-67 in a solid performance that turned out to be one of Transy's most complete games of the year. In the playoff victory, the Pioneers roared back from an eight-point deficit to outscore Hanover 44-26 in the second half. Alex Jones scored a season-high 31 points and provided nine rebounds in one of his great career games against the Panthers.
The Pioneers enter Wednesday night's matchup as titans of scoring; they lead the conference in points per game at 87 ppg, and field goals made per game (31.3 FGMpg). With a front line led by Gullett and a cadre of adept rebounders in the backcourt, the Pioneers rank second in the HCAC in rebounding margin (+1.3 rpg). Meanwhile, Hanover ranks third in the HCAC in points per game scoring 85 points per contest. Given the body of statistics for both team, plenty of scoring may be on the horizon in Hanover, Indiana on Wednesday evening…
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