PALATINE, Ill. – The Harper College women's basketball team held a slim 36-32 lead at halftime over Olive-Harvey College but dominated the second half en route to a 76-48 victory in nonconference play Tuesday night at the Wellness & Sports Center.
Monica Hinderer (Arlington Heights, Ill./The Willows Academy) led the Hawks (2-7) with a season-high 33 points to go along with 15 rebounds in the victory while Shante Hill (/Hoffman Estates) added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hawks raced out to an early 8-0 lead on the Panthers but tied it up at 12-12 while Hinderer rested on the bench. Harper built a 27-20 lead with 4:50 to play in the half, but Olive-Harvey kept it close and went into the break trailing by just four points.
Harper began to pull away in the second half and built a 56-41 lead on a Hinderer offensive rebound and put-back with seven minutes to play. She could not be stopped on the offensive glass, as she had three more offensive rebounds and put-backs. Hinderer finished the game shooting 16-of-20 (80 percent) from the floor.
Hill scored 12 of her 16 points after the break, capped off by a 3-pointer in the closing minute. Point guard Rachel Payne (Wheeling, Ill./Schaumburg Christian Academy) added nine points, six assists and five steals for the Hawks while Jenney Yousif (/Rolling Meadows) provided a boost off the bench with career highs of seven points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks.
Next up for Harper is the Kennedy King Tournament in Chicago beginning on Friday. Harper takes on Harry S. Truman College at 5 PM Friday and Kennedy-King College at 3 PM Saturday.