Defense keys 11th straight win against Rose

Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad hit just three field goals in the final 10 minutes of action, but held off the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 55-43, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash, Saturday, Dec. 15, in Terre Haute, Ind.

Sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) scored a game-high 13 points and classmate Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) added 12 for Hanover, now 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the league.

Sheree Williams scored 10 points to pace Rose-Hulman, which slipped to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in the HCAC with the setback.

Hanover’s defense limited Rose-Hulman to 25.4 percent shooting from the floor (16-of-63) and forced 32 turnovers. The Engineers hit 8-of-35 shots in the first half (22.9%) as the Panthers built a 28-19 lead at the intermission.

Williams scored from inside and Cassidy Cain hit a three-pointer to pull Rose-Hulman within 28-24 less than three minutes into the second period.

Senior forward Katie Gahimer (St. Paul, Ind.) hit her first three-pointer of the season and Hopkins followed with a pair of free throws to bump Hanover’s cushion to nine points (33-24).

The Engineers eventually eased with seven points (43-36) with 9:25 left, but freshman guard Stephanie Pahren (Metamora, Ind.) scored two buckets on fast breaks and sophomore guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) added two free throws to push the margin to 51-38 with 8:20 on the clock.

Both teams went without a field goal for the next three minutes before junior forward Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) scored on a short jumper to give the Panthers a 15-point advantage (53-38) with five minutes left.

Rose-Hulman’s Andi Evers scored from long range to trim the lead to 53-41 with 4:16 to play, but neither team would score from the field the remainder of the contest.

Both squads added two free throws down the stretch for the final margin.

Hanover, which has won its last 11 in a row against the Engineers, hit 19-of-45 field goals (42.2%) and outscored Rose-Hulman, 14-5, from the charity stripe.

The Panthers were outrebounded, 54-30, including a 23-3 margin in offensive boards. Pahren (Metamora, Ind.) led Hanover with a season-high six rebounds. Gahimer and Weddle pulled down five apiece.

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