Senior forward Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) tallied game-high honors in points (18) and rebounds (nine) and led six Panthers in double-digit scoring as Hanover College's women's basketball team topped Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference-rival Earlham College, 92-65 in Collier Arena.
Hanover shot 48.1 percent (37-of-77) from the field to improve their record to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the HCAC. The win moves the Panthers into a tie for second place in the Heartland Conference.
Junior guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) started the Hanover scoring spree with two early buckets to push the Panthers to a 6-0 lead at the 16:49 mark.
Earlham’s Bria Sneed answered with a pull-up jumper to cut the Hanover lead to four on the next possession.
The Quakers would never get closer, as junior forward Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) had a hand in the next seven Hanover points. In a five-second span, Bischoff stole the ball and converted a lay-up, just before grabbing a Weddle miss to put the Panhters ahead 10-2 at the 16:08 mark.
Less than a minute later, a Bischoff assist led to a three-pointer by sophomore guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) and Hanover was never seriously threatened again.
Bischoff scored 11 points and snared seven rebounds. Classmates Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) and Watson each tallied 10 and 12 points, respectively, with Caudill grabbing eight rebounds in a reserve role.
Watson tied junior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) for game-high honors with four steals.
Hopkins also distributed a game-high five assists.
With 8:28 left in the first period, sophomore guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) hit freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) for a fast-break lay-up sparking a 29-13 run to close the half.
Davidson notched 13 points, while Malloy added 10.
The Panthers kept the second-half lead, never allowing Earlham within 23 points to win their second-straight league contest.
Hanover out-rebounded Earlham 45-37, while forcing 30 turnovers.
Raven Bryant-Williams scored 11 points and Lexi McFarland scored 16 points off the bench to lead Earlham.
Earlham (2-5; 1-2 HCAC) shot 26-of-64 (40.6%) from the field and 7-of-18 (38.9 %) from three-point range.
Published Saturday, December 14, 2013