Women's Basketball Report (Week 12) - Pioneers Move Two Games Clear of HCAC Field

GREENWOOD, IN - Transylvania University widened the gap in the race for the league title with a pair of wins last week.  The Pioneers (17-2, 11-1 HCAC) now hold a two game lead over Franklin and Hanover following wins over Earlham and Manchester.

Junior guard Nicole Coffman (Liberty, Ky./Casey Co.) led Transy during the two-game road trip. Coffman scored 30 points with eight rebounds in a 93-82 win at Earlham and followed that effort with 19 points and six boards in a 76-54 win at Manchester.

For the week, Coffman averaged 24.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 48.3% from the field and 80.0% from three-point range. 

Transylvania will face Mount St. Joseph and Anderson this week.

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Franklin College (11-8, 9-3 HCAC) dropped a crucial game at home to Manchester, 56-43, Wednesday evening.  The Grizzlies bounced back to beat Anderson, 74-50, Saturday to remain within two games of Transylvania.

Hanover College (11-8, 9-3 HCAC) saw its win streak reach six-straight following wins over Mount St. Joseph and Bluffton. The Panthers pulled into a second-place tie with rival Franklin in the HCAC standings.  Hanover will host Franklin tomorrow night with sole possession of second place on the line.

Bluffton University (11-8, 7-5 HCAC) earned a split during the week to maintain the fourth slot in the standings.  The Beavers beat rival Defiance 71-55 prior to the road defeat at Hanover.  Sophomore forward Brooke Ruffer (Stryker, Ohio/H.S.) finished the week with 43 points (21.5 PPG), 20 rebounds (10.0 RPG) a block and three steals to lead BU.

Manchester (9-10, 6-6 HCAC) and Rose-Hulman (8-11, 6-6 HCAC) occupy the final two spots in the race for a HCAC tournament bid.  The Spartans will face Bluffton and Rose-Hulman this week, while the Engineers place host to seventh place Earlham (9-10, 5-7 HCAC).

For a complete recap of Week 12 in HCAC Women's Basketball, click here