Hanover, Ind. - The Transylvania women's basketball team hits the road Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. battle against Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Hanover College at Collier Arena in its second conference game of the year.
The Pioneers (3-1, 1-0 HCAC) visit the Hanover College Panthers (4-2, 1-0 HCAC) in their second conference game of the year. Transylvania hits the hardwood for the first time in eight days after their Saturday game at Bluffton was postponed.
Transylvania carries a three-game winning streak entering Wednesday night's game after dispatching Anderson 83-38 last Tuesday. The 45-point margin of victory was Transylvania's largest since the final game of the 2014-15 regular season when the Pioneers defeated Bluffton 96-49.
Transylvania faces Hanover Wednesday, which finished fifth in the HCAC standings last season, one game behind the Pioneers who took third place with a record of 12-6.
The Pioneers split last season's series with the Panthers as each team won their respective home game in the 2016-17 campaign. Transylvania defeated Hanover 71-60 in Lexington on December 7, 2016, while Hanover slipped by Transylvania at Hanover, 67-64 on February 1.
Wednesday's action will be broadcast by Hanover College and accessible via the links below.
SHARPSHOOTING CHRONICLES: The Pioneers have tipped off the 2017-2018 season as one of the standard bearers for three-point shooting. Transylvania ranks second nationally in three-point field goals per game, hitting 11 triples per contest. Last year's conference leader in three-pointers made, junior guard Celia Kline ranks 4th in the HCAC in three-pointers made with 10, and ranks 4th in conference in three-point percentage at 43.5 percent.
Senior forward Rachel Cox leads the conference in three-point percentage, hitting 50 percent of her shots from downtown. Cox hit a season-high four 3-pointers in a 71-47 win against Otterbein on November 25 to raise her percentages to the top of the conference.
The Pioneers have made their way to the free throw line briefly this season but are accurate when they do, ranking 8th nationally in free throw percentage at 79.2 percent. Junior guard Kristen Hayes has set the bar from the charity stripe thus far, hitting on all 10 of her free throw attempts this season.
RECENT HISTORY: Wednesday's matchup conjures up memories of hard-fought meetings between the two teams over the past four seasons. Hanover and Transylvania met one another in consecutive conference championship games in 2014 and 2015 with Transylvania winning the former matchup by 40 points and Hanover winning the following year, 106-93. In the 2015-2016 season, the Pioneers swept the season series against Hanover, bolstered by a 94-93 road win in which Hayes hit a buzzer-beating jump shot. Transylvania has won eight of the past 10 meetings against Hanover.
Scoring: Claire Cromer, HAN - 13.8 ppg / Rachel Cox, TRANSY – 11 ppg
Rebounding: Maleha Motter, HAN – 10.3 rpg / Cox, TRANSY – 6.3 rpg
Assists: Brooke Todd, HAN – 3.5 apg / Sarah Ashley, TRANSY – 2.8 apg
Field Goal Percentage: Ashton Woodard, TRANSY – 50% / Alexis Nall, HAN – 47.7%
3-point FG Percentage: Cox, TRANSY – 50% / Cromer, HAN – 43.5%
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