Hanover holds off Mississippi College, 80-74

The Hanover College women’s basketball squad defeated Mississippi College, 80-74, to notch its eighth victory of the season (8-3). The Panthers battled the Choctaws, Saturday, Dec. 29, as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Montgomery, Ala.

Sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) scored a game-high 19 points and classmate Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) added a career-best 12 to spark Hanover. Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) netted 14 points and senior forward Katie Gahimer (St. Paul, Ind.) added 10.

Ebony Williams posted 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to lead Mississippi College. Jasmine Williams added 14 points for the Choctaws, now 6-5 this season.

Mississippi College built a 35-21 late in the first period and led 37-27 with three minutes left in the stanza. Sophomore guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) scored seven of her nine points in the final three minutes of the half as Hanover closed with an 11-0 spurt to grab a 38-37 lead at the break.

The Panthers eventually stretched the margin to 68-57 with 4:38 to play before Mississippi College made a final charge.

The Choctaws mounted a 15-6 run during a three-minute span to slice Hanover’s lead to 74-72 with one minute remaining in the contest.

Prater scored from inside with 45 seconds left and Hopkins added two free throws to boost the margin to 78-72 with 17 seconds to go.

Freshman guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) hit a pair of free throws with six seconds left for an eight-point spread (80-72).

Williams hit a jumper in the closing seconds for the final margin.

Hanover shot 51.8 percent from the field (28-of-54). The Panthers converted 21-of-28 free throws (75%).

Hanover vs. Mississippi College statistics