Panthers set record, earn spot in HCAC semis

Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad advanced to the semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament with a 70-58 victory against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Panthers and Engineers tangled in an opening-round battle Friday, Feb. 22, in Lexington, Ky.

Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) posted 19 points and seven rebounds to spark Hanover, now 19-7 this season. Senior forward Katie Gahimer (St. Paul, Ind.) had 16 points and eight boards, while sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) added 11 points and eight steals.

Addie Johnson scored 15 points and Kelsey Ploof had 14 to pace Rose-Hulman, which closes the campaign with a 12-14 mark.

The victory was Hanover’s 13th in a row against the Engineers and third this season. The triumph also marks the 85th career victory for the Panthers' senior class, which sets the school record for wins in a four-year span (Class of 2012, 84-23).

Hanover will square off against Franklin College in one of the HCAC's two semi-final matches. The game will start at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at Transylvania University’s Beck Center. Host Transylvania and Manchester University will clash at 3 p.m. in the first semifinal.

Hanover’s defense forced 33 turnovers, while the offense shot 41.5 percent from the floor (22-of-53) and made 24-of-34 free throws (70.6%).

Rose-Hulman was 21-of-49 from the field (42.9%) and 14-of-21 from the charity stripe (66.7%).

Hanover vs. Rose-Hulman statistics