Streak halted, but Hopkins ties mark at Anderson

The Hanover College women’s basketball team’s nine-game winning streak against Anderson University came to an end with 63-58 loss in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game, Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Anderson, Ind.

Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) posted game highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Hanover, which fell to 16-6 overall and 10-5 in the HCAC with the setback. The Panthers had not lost to Anderson since Jan. 31, 2009 (66-53).

Sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) added 15 points. She also tallied five steals to equal her school single-season record of 93 set last season.

Amy Wuestefeld had 21 points and eight boards to lead the Ravens, now 7-15 overall and 6-9 in the league. Jenna Wittenberg chipped in 15 points off the bench.

Hanover shot just 29.2 percent from the floor (21-of-72), including a 2-of-17 effort from three-point range (11.8%).

Anderson built a 25-19 lead at the intermission as the Panthers were 8-of-34 from the field (23.5%) in the opening 20 minutes of action.

Prater converted a three-point play and senior guard Natalie Morse (Mitchell, Ind.) nailed a three-pointer as Hanover scored the first six points of the second period to knot the game at 25-25.

From that point, the squads exchanged the lead 12 times and were tied on five occasions before Anderson grabbed the lead for good in the final three minutes.

Hanover led 56-53 after Hopkins hit 1-of-2 free throws with 3:24 on the clock.

Ashley Wuestefeld hit a jumper and Amy Wuestefeld scored from inside to push the Ravens ahead 57-56 with 2:40 to go.

Amy Wuestefeld hit one free throw with 58 seconds left and another with 42 remaining to give Anderson a 59-56 cushion.

After a Hanover timeout, Prater made two free throws to pull the Panthers within a point (59-58) with 29 second to play.

Amy Wuestefeld hit two free throws with 27 ticks left and, following a Hanover turnover, converted two more from the charity stripe with 17 seconds remaining for the final margin.

Hanover’s defensive pressure helped generate 29 Anderson turnovers. The Ravens, however, shot 46.9 percent from the floor (23-of-49) and outrebounded the Panthers, 45-39.

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