2010-11 Women's Basketball
Hanover 78, Bluffton 59
First half too much for Beavers to overcome at Hanover
January 5, 2011
By: Steve Yarnell
HANOVER, Indiana - The Bluffton University women's basketball team jumped back into Heartland Conference action with a Wednesday night trip to Hanover College on January 5, 2011. The red-hot Panthers bolted out to a 47-23 haltime lead and held Bluffton off for a 78-59 HCAC victory keeping Hanover perfect at 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference. Bluffton slipped to 4-8 overall and 1-4 in the HCAC.
The Beavers started the second half with hoops from Miller and Daman. A trip to the charity stripe by Miller cut into the deficit before a Daman triple trimmed the lead to 47-32. A Kirstie Runion (Cincinnati/Christian) three pulled the Beavers within 13 at the 10:16 mark. Two more Miller free throws at the 6:48 mark is the closest (60-48) the Beavers would get the rest of the way. Hanover pulled away and continued their school-record start (11-0) with a 78-59 victory.
Kim Miller, who went over the 1,000 point plateau against #4 Washington (Mo.), paced the visitors with 14 points, seven assists and six steals. She hit 4-of-7 from the field and 6-for-7 at the line while hauling in four caroms. Rachel Daman chipped in with 12 markers and five rebounds on 5-of-9 shooting. Post players Lauren Hutton and Kylee Burkholder added nine and eight points, respectively. Burkholder ripped down a team-high seven boards, while Hutton collected five rebounds.
Bluffton connected on 23-of-54 (42.6 percent) from the field, compared to 27-of-66 (40.9 percent for the Panthers. The Beavers were 4-of-20 on triples, while Hanover made 7-of-22 from distance. The home team finished 17-of-21 from the stripe, compared to a 9-of-15 night for Bluffton. The visitors turned it over six more times (24-18), while Hanover posted a commanding 43-32 advantage on the boards.
Bluffton returns to action on Saturday, January 8, 2011, when the Beavers host Rose-Hulman. The Heartland Conference contest is slated for 1 p.m. in Founders Hall.