February 18, 2014

Women's Basketball Report (Week 14) - Transy Clinches Share of HCAC Title & Top Seed

GREENWOOD, IN -Transylvania University locked up a share of the school's second straight HCAC crown and secured the top seed in the upcoming HCAC tournament with a pair of wins last week.  The No. 22 ranked Pioneers (21-2, 15-1 HCAC) clinched the title with wins over Franklin and Defiance.

Junior guard Nicole Coffman (Liberty, Ky./Casey Co.) led the Pioneers with 30 points, two blocks, and a steal in a 72-54 win at Franklin, while adding 22 points, four rebounds, and two steals in TU's 80-63 win over Defiance Saturday.

Transylvania will close the regular season at home against Hanover Wednesday and at Bluffton Saturday.

In other action...

Hanover College (15-8, 13-3 HCAC) stretched its win streak to 10 with two wins last week.  The Panthers beat Rose-Hulman and Anderson to remain alive for a share of the league crown.  The Panthers will face first place Transylvania and Manchester on the road to close the regular season schedule.

Franklin College (13-10, 11-5 HCAC) earned a split during the week and remained in the No. 3 spot in the standings.  Sophomore forward Katie Brewer (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) helped lead the Grizzlies to a single-game HCAC field goal percentage record in a 98-76 defeat of Earlham. Brewer was 5-for-5 with 10 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists as FC shot a HCAC-record 70.2% from the field against the Quakers. 

Manchester University (13-10, 10-6 HCAC) saw its win streak reach four straight following wins over Anderson and Mount St. Joseph.  The Spartans are currently fourth in the standings with home games against Defiance and Hanover left on the schedule.

Bluffton University (13-10, 9-7 HCAC) secured a HCAC tournament berth for the first time since 2009 following wins over Mount St. Joseph and Rose-Hulman. Sophomore Brooke Ruffer (Stryker, Ohio/H.S.) led the Beavers during the week, averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per contest.

Earlham (11-12, 7-9 HCAC), Defiance (9-14, 6-10 HCAC), and Rose-Hulman (8-15, 6-10 HCAC) remain alive for the sixth and final spot in the HCAC tournament field.  The Quakers hold a one-game lead over the Jackets and Engineers with two games remaining.

For a complete recap of Week 14 in HCAC Women's Basketball, click here