The Hanover College women’s basketball fell to Transylvania University (Ky.) 95-66 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt. The game was held Wednesday, Jan. 8 in the Beck Center in Lexington, Ky.
Sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) matched a season-high 18 points in the losing effort, as the Panther record falls to 10-4; 4-3 HCAC.
Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) joined Hopkins as the only other Panther to reach double digits, netting 14 points to accompany eight boards.
Hopkins started the game with two made free throws and point guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) hit Prater for a fast-break lay-up to go up 4-0 less than a minute into the game.
Senior guard Natalie Morse (Mitchell, Ind.) hit a three-pointer at the 18:08 mark and Hopkins followed with another free throw to push the Panthers to an 8-0 lead and their only lead of the game.
Nicole Smith quickly scored 6 points over a three minute span as the Pioneers roared back to an 8-8 lead.
The teams traded baskets for several possessions, until a Hopkins jumper in the lane brought Hanover within one point (15-14) with 11:16 remaining in the first half.
This was as close as the Panthers would come, as Transylvania hit 5-of-9 (55.6%) from three-point range and 15-of-32 (46.9%) from the field to spark a 33-14 run.
Hopkins led Hanover with 9 points as the Panthers entered intermission down 48-28, despite converting 9-10 free throw attempts.
Prater spurred the squad with 10 second half points, but the Panthers were never able to reduce the margin versus the league leaders to less than 16.
69 points from a trio of Pioneer guards proved too much for Hanover. Smith notched 26, while Madisen Webb scored 13 and Nicole Coffman turned in a game-high 30 as Transylvania improved to 10-5; 5-1 HCAC.
Hanover shot 40.6 percent (13-32) from the field in the second half, but only 21-of-60 (35.0%) for the game and were out-rebounded 43-30.
The Panthers fared better at the charity stripe, hitting 18-of-22 for 81.8 percent.
Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013