Panthers stop Colonels' charge

Three players scored in double digits, led by senior forward Courtney Prater’s (Lapel, Ind.) 23 points, as the Hanover College women’s basketball team held off Centre College (Ky.), 74-72. The game was played Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Danville, Ky.

Facing a game tied 72-72 with 17 second to play, sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) hit a streaking Prater who then sank the game winning lay-up with 5.7 seconds to play. Hopkins dished season-high six assists for the game, along with netting 12 points.

Classmate Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was the third Panther to reach double digits, scoring a season-high 11 points.

The game showcased a series of early runs by both teams, as Prater scored eight points in the first four minutes pushing Hanover to an 11-3 lead.

Centre answered with a 10-2 run of their own, knotting the score at 13-13 at the 13:37 mark.

The teams traded baskets until an Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) lay-up and three straight buckets by Prater secured a ten point lead at 27-17 with 9:19 remaining in the first period.

Malloy scored a season-high seven points off the bench, all in first half to push the Panthers to 43-27 advantage at intermission.

Hanover led by as much as 22 points early in the second half, before the Colonels charged back with a 24-4 run, pulling within two with less than four minutes to play. Eight different Centre players scored in this run, as the Colonels shot 48.1% in the second half.

With the Panther lead a tenuous three-point margin at 70-67, Paige Baechle sank throws free throw with 32 second remaining.

After a Centre foul to stop the clock, Hopkins netted two free throw attempts to push the Hanover lead to 72-69.

Centre’s Bridget Winstead responded with a three-pointer from the corner to tie the game at 72, before the Hopkins assist to Prater secured the lead for good. 

Baechle was unable to convert a last-second three-point effort, as the Panthers improved to 3-0 for the season.

Baechle led Centre (1-5) with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Winstead also scored 13 points.

Hanover shot 51% from the field on 26-of-52 shooting, while converting 44.4% (4-9) of three-point efforts.

The team hit 18-of-23 free throws to hit 78.3% as a team, while enjoying a 37-32 rebound advantage.

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