Hanover drops HCAC finale; Davidson sets mark

The Hanover College women’s basketball team’s sixth consecutive appearance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game ended with a 110-70 loss at Transylvania University (Ky.).

Junior forward Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) posted 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Hanover. Senior Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) notched six points and three boards in her final collegiate appearance.

Freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ky.) had 14 points and junior forward Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) added 11 for the Panthers (17-10).

Davidson and junior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) each earned a spot on the Heartland Conference’s all-tournament team.

Katelyn Smith, who was named the HCAC tourney’s most valuable player, led six Transylvania players in double figures with 23 points. Alex McKenzie scored 19 points, Alex Botkin and Madisen Webb chipped in 14 apiece for the Pioneers (25-2).

Hanover shot just 28.9 percent from the field (22-of-76), but made 7-of-17 three-pointers (41.2%) and 19-of-24 free throws (79.2%).

Davidson hit 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to set a Hanover single-season record with an 86.2 percent effort from the foul line. She made 106-of-123 during the season to surpass the previous mark of 83.2 percent (84-101) set by Tessa Wynn in 2000-01.

Transylvania, meanwhile, hit 45-of-76 field goals (59.2%), including a 10-of-21 effort from beyond the arc (47.6%).

Bischoff hit back-to-back three-pointers and Davidson followed with three in a row from long range to keep the Panthers within 22-17 nine minutes into the first period.

The Pioneers, however, went on a 12-2 run through the next three minutes to extend the margin to 34-19 eight minutes before the half.

Hanover closed the gap to 11 points (42-31) after a pair of Caudill free throws with 3:18 left in the frame.

The Pioneers, however, used a late 14-1 burst to build a 56-32 advantage at the intermission.

Transylvania increased the lead to 29 points (68-39) four minutes into the second half. The Panthers would get no closer than 25 points (70-45) the rest of the way.

Hanover was out-rebounded by a 51-40 margin, but did pull down 17 offensive boards. Freshman center Jenna Meyer (Greensburg, Ind.) had five rebounds, to go along with eight points, off the bench.

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