Balanced Panthers handle Earlham, 72-53

Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad posted its fifth consecutive victory against Earlham College with a 72-53 win against the Quakers in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt, Saturday, Jan. 12, in Collier Arena.

Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) scored 12 points to lead four Hanover players in double figures. Senior forward Katie Gahimer (St. Paul, Ind.), junior forward Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) and sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) each added 10 points for the Panthers (11-4; 5-3 HCAC).

Triggered by 17 Earlham turnovers, Hanover built a 24-2 lead with a little more than eight minutes left in the opening period. Prater and Hopkins scored six points apiece to power the early burst.

The Quakers shaved the margin to 15 points (27-12) with 5:27 to go in the frame, but senior guard Natalie Morse (Mitchell, Ind.) and freshman guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) each nailed three-pointers to help the Panthers surge ahead 45-22 by the close of the half.

Morse, who finished with nine points, scored twice from inside and Weddle added back-to-back buckets as Hanover extended the cushion to 31 points (57-26) six minutes into the second period.

Karmell Brown hit a pair of shots in the lane and added a short jumper as Earlham put together an 11-0 run to trim the Panthers’ lead to 57-37 with 11:17 remaining.

The Quakers eased within 19 points (67-48) with two minutes to go, but sophomore forward Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) converted a three-point play and freshman guard Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.) added a bucket in the closing 90 seconds to maintain the margin.

Kiara Scott scored 13 points off the bench and JaLissa Watt added 10 to pace Earlham (2-13; 1-7 HCAC).

Hanover outrebounded the Quakers 23-13 in the first half and finished with a 41-32 advantage on the glass. Prater snagged eight rebounds and Weddle had seven boards to lead the Panthers’ effort.

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