Hanover women’s basketball player Alexis Nall was been named Preseason Second Team All-American by D3Hoops.com on Tuesday.

Nall, a senior from Mount Vernon, is the first women’s basketball player from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference to be named higher than the third team in D3Hoops’ preseason rankings. She is the first Hanover women’s player to ever be honored by the site.

Nall was the HCAC’s Most Valuable Player and a First Team All-Region selection a year ago after a tremendous junior season. She averaged a double-double with 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and broke her own school record by shooting 59.1 percent from the floor, which was good enough to place among the top 10 nationally. Her 15 double-doubles also ranked inside the top 25 for most in Division III.

Nall will use her final campaign with the Panthers to try and climb the all-time scoring leaderboard. She surpassed 1,000 career points last season and currently has 1,095 points over three years.

Both Hanover basketball teams picked 2nd in HCAC

Both of Hanove’s basketball teams have been picked to finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season in voting by league coaches.

The Hanover women received 88 points and one first-place votebehind only defending league champion Transylvania, which collected 90 points and eight first-place votes. Rose-Hulman was third with 62 points and a first-place vote and was followed by Anderson (59 points), Franklin (54), Bluffton (52), Defiance (50), Earlham (39), Mount St. Joseph (38) and Manchester (18).

The Hanover men, who won both HCAC regular season and tournament titles last year, received 83 points in the poll, including one of the 10 first place votes. Transylvania claimed the top spot with 95 points and six first place votes. Rose-Hulman, which tallied 73 points and two first place votes, was third in voting followed by Franklin (72 points), Bluffton (66 and one first place vote), Anderson (47), Mount St. Joseph (42), Earlham (33), Defiance (23) and Manchester (16).

The Hanover women are coming off a third straight HCAC tournament berth after finishing the 2018-19 regular season at 18-7 overall and 14-4 in league play. Head coach John Jones will return several key players including Alexis Nall, a senior from Mount Vernon and the reigning HCAC Most Valuable Player, as well as former Madison Cub Katie Hartman and Switzerland County Pacer Brooke Todd, both seniors. All three were listed by the conference as Players to Watch.

Hanover tips off the regular season with a trip to Holland, Michigan for the Hope Tip-Off Classic on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16.

The Hanover men are coming off a 2018-19 campaign where they went 21-7 overall record with a 14-4 mark in the HCAC. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA National Tournament for the third consecutive season and ninth time in program history.

Kevin Williams, a 6-foot-5 senior from Columbus, and Isaac Hibbard, a 6-foot junior from New Albany, were named as Players to Watch by the league.

Hanover opens the season on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Spalding in Louisville.