CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) women's basketball season has two front-runners heading into week nine, with Hanover College and Transylvania University both leading the charge with 6-0 marks in conference play. Franklin College rests in third with a league record of 4-2.
Around the League:
Athlete of the Week:
Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior - Nall helped propel the Panthers to a perfect 6-0 mark in HCAC action with victories over Mount St. Joseph and Bluffton. The senior finished the week averaging 21.5 ppg and 13.5 rpg. After the week, Nall moved into first place among the conference in rebounds (10.7), field goal percentage (50.8) and second in points per game (16.6). She set a new single game high in three-point field goals made (four) against Mount St. Joseph. In the contest with Bluffton she finished with a game-high 21 points, 18 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
- Payton Moore (Spiceland, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Sophomore - Moore averaged 21 points and eight rebounds for the week. She contributed 26 points and 11 rebounds against Manchester. Moore then tallied 16 points and five rebounds against Franklin. She shot 15-of-28 (53.6 percent) from the field. Anderson finished 0-2 for the week.
- Lexie Sparks (Trenton, Ohio) Defiance College | Guard | Freshman - In two games last week, freshman Sparks came off the bench to lead Defiance by averaging 13.0 points while shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) from the field. In the Yellow Jackets' win over HCAC rival Bluffton University last Wednesday, Sparks had a game-high 13 points in 18 minutes, shooting 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from the floor.
- Acacia Tenette (Sacramento, Calif.) Earlham College | Guard | Junior - Tenette was Earlham's most consistent performer over two home games last week for the Quakers, as Earlham posted back-to-back victories. Tenette grabbed six rebounds with four steals, a block, and four points in the Quakers' 51-36 win over Rose-Hulman - a mid-week victory that snapped Earlham's eight-game losing streak to the Fightin' Engineers. Tenette displayed all her playmaking skills in Earlham's 75-48 win over Manchester, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals to spark the win over the then-tied for third place Spartans. For the week, Tenette shot .556 from the field, including a 2-of-2 mark from beyond the arc. Tenette's numbers came in a week where the Quakers adjusted their lineup and player rotations, resulting in no player averaging more than 8.0 points and 30.0 minutes played over the two games with seven players averaging at least 5.0 points, and 13 of Earlham's 15 players on the roster scoring at some point over the two games.
- Bayleigh Walker (Plainfield, Ind.) Franklin College | Forward | Junior – Walker Averaged 13.5 points on a team-best 47.8 percent shooting as Franklin went 1-1 last week. She led all players with 18 points while grabbing four rebounds and adding four steals in Saturday's win over Anderson.
- Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Sophomore - Miller helped the Spartans to a 1-1 week, averaging 13.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg. She scored 10 points in Manchester's 65-58 win at Anderson and added career-high 17 points and seven boards at Earlham on Saturday. Miller shot 61.1 percent (11-18) from the field and made 5-of-6 free throw attempts last week.
- Zenoviah Walker (Danville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior - The junior guard led the Pioneers to a 2-0 week in the HCAC, extending No. 10/13 Transylvania's perfect 6-0 start in conference and a 12-1 overall record for the year. In a towering Wednesday night 84-50 win against Franklin, Walker scored a game-high 15 points to go with two assists in 24 minutes of play, hitting 6-of-8 field goals in the win. Walker followed up that season-high total with an all-around line of nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal on 3-for-6 shooting from three-point range in Saturday's 75-46 win over Defiance. Walker shot 60 percent from the floor on the week and hit 4-of-9 three-pointers in total (44 percent three-pt FG) and averaged three assists for the week.