Bluffton no match for Panthers at Hanover
February 6, 2010
By: Brent Schroeder, sports information assistant
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HANOVER, Ind. - The Bluffton University women's basketball team struggled on both
ends of the floor against a strong Hanover team, losing 84-44 on Saturday, February
6, 2010. Bluffton dropped to 4-9 in the Heartland Conference and 7-14 overall, while
the Panthers jumped to 9-4 in the HCAC and 15-6 overall.
The game began with four lead changes in the first eight minutes. Sophomore Alicia Amis (Woodstock/Mechanicsburg) got Bluffton on the board early with a layup to tie the
game at two. Three possessions later sophomore guard Brittany Stegmaier (Garfield/Trinity) nailed a three-pointer to give the Beavers a 5-2 lead four minutes
into the game. The Panthers battled back to go ahead 6-5 on a Molly Martin jump shot with 14:50 left in the first half.
Bluffton and Hanover battled back and forth, and following a three-pointer by Hanover's
Torin Franz, senior forward Ginny Buckingham (Bluffton) got free in the paint to tie the game at nine. However, with 13:04 left
in the first half, Hanover's Liz Sparks hit a layup to give Hanover a 13-10 lead and the Panthers never looked back. The
home team ended the half on a 28-4 run, heading to the break with a commanding 45-18
lead over Bluffton.
The Beavers began the second period hoping to strike early to gain momentum. However,
Hanover eradicated any hopes of a comeback by putting together a 23-7 run that capped
a monstrous 51-11 jag that encompassed nearly twenty minutes. The Hanover spurt ended
on a three-point shot by sophomore guard Becky Ruble (Grover Hill/Wayne Trace) which made the score 68-28 with 11 minutes left on the
clock. The game ended with both Hanover and Bluffton chipping in 16 points apiece, making
the final score 84-44 in favor of Hanover.
For the Beavers, senior Ginny Buckingham and sophomore Alicia Amis both pitched in six points with junior Kim Miller (Delphos/St. John's) pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds. Bluffton's bench put up
22 points with sophomore guard Kirstie Runion (Cincinnati/Cincinnati Christian) adding five points. The Beavers turned it over
23 times and made just 14-of-56 shots from the field (25.0 percent). Hanover won the
battle on the glass (45-37).
The Panther offense was led by Molly Martin who lit up the scoreboard with 20 points,
shooting 9-of-12 from the field. Holly Vogel and Torin Franz were also in double figures with Vogel dropping in 14 points and Franz helping out
with 12 points, including 2-of-2 from three-point land. Molly Martin also led the
way on the glass with 12 rebounds, giving her an impressive double-double effort in
Up next on the slate is the Beavers' final road contest of the season. Bluffton travels
to Manchester on February 10 at 7:30 p.m.