Seniors match mark, set seed, with comeback

Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad secured its spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament and tied a school record with a 74-63 victory against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in a Senior Day tilt, Saturday, Feb. 16, in Collier Arena.

The win was Hanover's 12th in a row against Rose-Hulman and secures the No. 3 seed in next week’s six-team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The triumph also marks the 84th career victory for the Panthers' senior class, which matches the school record for wins in a four-year span set by the Class of 2012 (84-23).

Hanover (18-7; 12-6 HCAC) will again square off against No. 6 seed Rose-Hulman in the league tourney's opening round, Friday, Feb. 22, in Lexington, Ky.

Senior forward Katie Gahimer (St. Paul, Ind.) scored a career-high 22 points and sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) added 14 to lead the Panthers' triumph against the Engineers.

Cassidy Cain netted 18 points and Addie Johnson notched 16 off the bench to pace Rose-Hulman (12-13; 8-10 HCAC).

The contest marked the fifth time this season that has Hanover rallied from a double-digit deficit to earn a victory.

Rose-Hulman led 8-0 in the opening three minutes and built a 26-15 lead with eight minutes left in the stanza. Hanover closed the half with a 15-5 run to pull within 31-30 at the intermission.

Rose-Hulman turned the ball over twice, while Gahimer hit consecutive buckets to push the Panthers ahead, 34-31, three minutes into the second period.

Hopkins scored six points and freshman guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) drilled a pair of three-pointers to help Hanover extend the cushion to 55-44 with 10:49 to play.

Rose-Hulman whittled the margin to eight points (59-51) with to 7:36 to play, but Gahimer hit a pair of jumpers to power an 8-0 burst to thrust the Panthers ahead 67-51 with five minutes remaining.

The Engineers would not get within single digits down the stretch.

Hanover committed just 11 turnovers, but was outrebounded by Rose-Hulman, 39-26. Gahimer led the squad with six boards.

The Panthers finished the outing 24-of-58 from the field (41.4%), including seven three-pointers.

Malloy hit three times from long range, while Gahimer and classmate Katie Brewer (Jamestown, Ind.) each hit two shots from behind the arc.

Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman statistics