Panthers beat La Verne in highest-scoring game

Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad tipped off a two-game swing through southern California with a 109-104 victory against the University of La Verne (Calif.). The contest was played Tuesday, Dec. 18, in La Verne, Calif.

The 213 points between the squads marked the most combined points in a game in Hanover history. The effort surpassed the 212 points in the Panthers’ 110-102 overtime win against Bluffton University (Ohio), Feb. 24, 2009.

Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) scored 18 points to lead six Hanover players in double figures. Junior forward Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) posted a career-high 14 points off the bench and sophomore guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had a career-best 13 points.

Senior guard Natalie Morse (Mitchell, Ind.) scored a season-high 10 points in a reserve role for the Panthers, now 6-2 this season.

Amanda Copas netted a game-high 21 points, while Kimmie Fung and Lindsey Foster added 16 apiece for La Verne. The setback snapped a two-game winning streak for the Leopards (4-4).

The squads were tied at 49-49 at the intermission before La Verne surged ahead 57-51 in the opening two minutes of the second period.

Sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.), who notched 13 points, scored from inside to cut the margin to 57-53 and jumpstart a 29-10 run which thrust Hanover into an 80-67 lead with 11:38 to play.

Hopkins scored again from inside with 7:35 left to bump the margin to 16 points (93-77).

La Verne, however, rallied down the stretch. The Leopards used a 27-12 spurt in a six-minute span to creep within a point (105-104) in the final minute.

Sophomore guard Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.), who matched her season-high with 16 points, hit two free throws with 25 seconds on the clock to give Hanover a 107-104 cushion.

La Verne missed a long three-pointer with 14 seconds left and Hopkins, who was fouled after grabbing the rebounds, nestled two free throws into the hoop with 11 seconds on the clock for the final margin.

Hanover shot a season-best 61.5 percent from the floor (40-of-65) and made 26-of-35 free throws (74.2%).

The Panthers outrebounded La Verne, 51-39. Hopkins led the squad with a career-high 13 boards, while freshman guard Stephanie Pahren (Metamora, Ind.) added a season-best seven.

Hanover's 109 points marked the third-highest offensive output in school history. The effort trails only the 111 points scored in a 111-33 win against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Dec. 9, 1995, and the 110 points in the 2009 victory against Bluffton.

Hanover at La Verne (Calif.) statistics