Hanover falls to No. 16 Ithaca

Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad lost to No. 16 Ithaca College (N.Y.), 77-70, in the opening game of the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament in Greencastle, Ind.

Neither team led by more than six points until the final minute. The squads were tied 17 times and exchanged the lead 19 times, with Ithaca grabbing the lead for good with just 55 seconds to play.

Hanover freshman center Jenna Meyer (Greensburg, Ind.) nudged the Panthers ahead 70-69 with two free throws with 2:48 on the clock.

Ithaca missed three field-goal attempts before surging ahead 71-70 on a Mary Kate Tierney jumper with 55 seconds to go.

Hanover would miss its final seven shots from the field, including five in the closing 65 seconds of action.

The Bombers used the drought to ease ahead 73-70 with 36 seconds left, then added four free throws in the last 24 seconds for the final tally.

Junior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) led four Hanover players in double figures with 15 points. Classmate Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) had 14 points, while senior forward Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) added 11 and junior guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) chipped in 10.

Ithaca (6-1) was led by Tierney, who posted game highs with 22 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots. Jenn Escobido added 12 points and 10 boards for the Bombers.

The Panthers, now 3-6 this season, hit 26-of-70 field goals (37.1%), including five three-pointers. The squad was 13-of-20 from the foul line (65%).

Ithaca outrebound Hanover by a 48-38 margin. Weddle led the Panthers with seven boards. Hopkins and Bischoff snagged six apiece.

Hanover vs. Ithaca (N.Y.) statistics