The Hillsdale College Chargers split their final multi-game road trip of the season last week but snapped a six-game losing streak in the process, defeating Trevecca Nazarene University and falling to Kentucky Wesleyan College.
On Thursday, the Chargers won 61 – 45 against Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville, Tennessee, their first win since Jan. 9 against Tiffin University. After losing to Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday, the Chargers are 3 – 11 in the conference and 6 – 17 on the season.
On Thursday, a quick start helped cushion the Chargers for the second half, as they led 15 – 10 after the first quarter and 35 – 15 at halftime. Trevecca Nazarene outscored Hillsdale in the second half, 30 – 26, but the first-half lead the Chargers built was more than enough.
Senior guard Sydney Anderson led the Chargers with 15 points, going 6 for 12 from the field and 3 for 7 from beyond the three-point line. She also had seven rebounds and three assists.
Sophomore guard Lauren Daffenberg scored 12 points, and sophomore guard Grace Touchette and freshman forward Sydney Mills each scored 10 points.
Mills also had 10 rebounds, giving her her team-leading fifth double-double of the season.
The Chargers went 11 for 29 as a team from beyond the three-point line, giving them a big edge over Trevecca Nazarene. The Trojans made just one of 20 three-point shots in the game. The Chargers also outrebounded the Trojans, 48 – 31.
On Saturday, the Chargers took on the no. 24 Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers in Owensboro, Kentucky. Despite playing a close first half, the Chargers fell behind for good in the second half and the Panthers pulled away, making the final score, 88 – 63, look less competitive than the game was.
Daffenberg and Touchette led Hillsdale with 18 points each. All of Daffenberg’s shots came from beyond the three-point line, and she made a single-game career-high six three-pointers in the game.
Anderson scored 10 points and added nine rebounds and three assists. Mills, although she was kept off the scoreboard in a rare off-game shooting, kept busy with six rebounds and six assists.
The Chargers have four more games remaining on their regular-season schedule, beginning with their final two home games. They host Tiffin University, who they beat on the road in early January, tonight at 5:30 p.m.
Hillsdale is then off on Saturday before hosting Cedarville University next Thursday in its final home game of the season. The Chargers will end the regular season with road games against Ursuline College and the University of Findlay.