Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad used seven free throws in the final minute of action to hold off the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 84-76, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Delhi, Ohio.
Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) netted a game-best 26 points and junior forward Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) scored a career-high 18 points off the bench to lead Hanover. Senior forward Katie Gahimer (St. Paul, Ind.) added 14 points and sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) chipped in 12.
The victory marked the Panthers’ 10th in a row against Mount St. Joseph and raised the squad’s record to 14-4 overall and 8-3 in the HCAC.
Weddle scored 16 of her points and Prater notched 11 as Hanover built a 50-44 lead at the intermission.
Prater added 10 more points to her scoring column early in the second half as the Panthers bolted to an 18-point lead (66-48) with a 16-4 run in the opening seven minutes of the period.
Mount St. Joseph countered with a 16-4 burst to creep back into the contest at 70-64 with six minutes to play.
Gahimer drained a three-pointer and added a short jumper to nudge the margin to 77-67 with 2:53 on the clock.
Brooke Mosler hit back-to-back jumpers, Alex Donald nailed a three-pointer and Chelsea Castleberry scored from inside to pull the Lions within a possession (79-76) with 26 seconds remaining in regulation.
Prater hit one free throw with 15 seconds left. Freshman guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.), who snagged the rebound on Prater's miss, made two from the charity stripe just one second later. After Mount St. Joseph missed a three-point attempt, Gahimer added a pair of free throws with three seconds to go for the final margin.
Hanover finished the outing 27-of-58 from the field (46.6%) and 28-of-35 from the free throw line (80%).
Heidi McManus led Mount St. Joseph with 17 points, while Donald and Mosler added 12 apiece for the Lions (3-15; 2-9 HCAC).
Mount St. Joseph shot 46 percent from the field (29-of-63) and earned a 41-31 advantage on the boards.
Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013