Prater, Hopkins & Gahimer named all-HCAC

Three members of Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad have received post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and its 10 head coaches.

Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) and sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.)  were each named first-team all-Heartland Conference. Senior forward Katie Gahimer (St. Paul, Ind.) received honorable mention and was also named to the HCAC’s all-sportsmanship unit.

Prater, a four-time all-league honoree, leads Hanover with 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She is just the third player in school history to amass more than 1,200 career points (1,289) and 700 rebounds (764).

Prater, who joined the Panthers after two seasons at Anderson University, was named to the Heartland Conference’s first team for the second straight season. She was the league’s freshman of the year and was an honorable mention choice as a sophomore while at Anderson.

Hopkins earned a slot on the league’s first team after a second record-setting season in Hanover’s backcourt. She was second on the team with 12.8 points per game and led the Panthers with 4.6 steals and 3.5 assists per outing.

After setting the school’s single-season record as a freshman with 93 steals, she re-established the mark with 128 this winter.

Gahimer, a four-year member of Hanover’s program, received post-season honors for the first time in her career.

She has averaged career highs with 10.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest this season. She netted a career-high 28 points to spark the Panthers in the HCAC tournament championship against Transylvania University (Ky.) and was named the event’s most valuable player.

Hanover, 21-7 overall, will play Ohio Northern University (26-1) in the first round of the NCAA III national tournament. The game, which marks the Panthers’ third appearance in the tourney, will be played Friday, March 1, in Holland, Mich.

2013 All-Heartland Conference Team