GREENWOOD, IN - Defiance College (4-3, 3-0 HCAC) has won four straight contests after starting the season with a 0-3 mark. The Jackets defeated Anderson and Hanover at home last week to remain perfect in HCAC action.
Senior center Kim Comden (Defiance, Ohio/Ayersville) led the Yellow Jackets during the week, averaging 17.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest against the Ravens and Panthers.
In DC's 85-80 overtime win over Hanover, Comden netted 17 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, and added four rebounds in 27 minutes of action. The senior added 17 points and five boards in a 56-42 win over Anderson Wednesday evening.
Defiance will welcome Franklin to town for a 2:00 PM tip Saturday afternoon.
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Transylvania University (5-1, 3-0 HCAC) remained unblemished in the conference standings following wins over Earlham and Manchester. The Pioneers have won five straight games since a season opening loss to Wittenberg.
Freshman guard Katelyn Smith (Hazard, Ky./Perry Co. Central) averaged 17 points and five rebounds during the two victories. In Transy's win over Earlham, Smith had 19 points and 17 rebounds and in the Pioneers' win over Manchester, she added 15 points and three rebounds.
Franklin (6-2, 2-1 HCAC), Manchester (2-5, 2-1 HCAC), and Mount St. Joseph (2-5, 2-1 HCAC) stand a game behind Defiance and Transylvania in the league standings.
Franklin suffered a mid-week loss to rival Hanover 60-55 on Wednesday evening and bounced back to hand Earlham a 62-59 defeat in overtime Saturday. Senior guard Lindsay Rich (Logansport, Ind./H.S.) scored a game-high 16 points, including all of FC's points in overtime, in the Grizzlies' win over the Quakers.
Manchester started the week with a 53-40 win at Rose-Hulman and closed with a 62-41 loss at Transylvania Saturday. Freshman guard Katie Arterburn (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) led the Spartans over the Engineers with 15 points off the bench.
Mount St. Joseph narrowly finished the week unbeaten. The Lions slipped past Bluffton 48-47 Wednesday, but fell at home to Anderson 62-59 Saturday afternoon. In the win over Bluffton, Tara Dennis (Batavia, Ohio/Williamsburg) led the Lions with a team-high 14 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks off of the bench.
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