Women's Basketball Report (Week 11) - Pioneers Stretch Lead in HCAC Standings

GREENWOOD, IN - Transylvania University saw its lead in the HCAC standings expand to two games over Franklin and Hanover after a pair of wins last week.  The Pioneers (15-4, 11-1 HCAC) have won seven in a row after defeating Franklin and Defiance on the road.

Transy pulled out a 59-53 win at Franklin Wednesday night, stretching the lead in the race for a conference title over the Grizzlies.  Sophomore guards Madisen Webb (Georgetown, Ky./Scott Co.) and Nicole Coffman (Liberty, Ky./Casey Co.) each scored 18 points to lead the Pioneers.

The Pios capped the week with an 84-81 double overtime win over Defiance. Webb led the scoring with 23 points, three rebounds, and five assists, while Coffman added 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists.

Transylvania has already locked up a HCAC tournament berth and will return to Lexington to face Earlham and Rose-Hulman this week.

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Franklin (15-4, 9-3 HCAC) saw its eight game win streak come to a halt against Transy on Wednesday.  The Grizzlies missed an opportunity to pull even with the Pioneers in the race for a league title. 

The blue and gold bounced back, earning a 61-50 win at Bluffton on Saturday. Sophomore guard Katie Dale (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) scored 17 points off the bench to lead the Grizzlies.

Hanover (15-4, 9-3 HCAC) remains two games behind Transy in the standings after earning wins at Mount St. Joseph and Manchester last week.

Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind./Lapel) posted game highs with 26 points and seven rebounds in the Panthers' 84-76 win at Mount St. Joseph.  Prater followed that performance with 23 points and eight boards in a 68-65 win at Manchester Saturday.

Defiance College (11-8, 8-4 HCAC), Manchester University (7-12, 6-6 HCAC), and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (9-10, 5-7 HCAC) currently occupy the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots in the race for a HCAC tournament bid.

For a complete recap of Week 11 in HCAC Women's Basketball, click here