Junior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) scored 20 points to lead five Panthers in double-digits, but Hanover College's women’s basketball team was unable to hold off Transylvania University (Ky.), falling 103-91 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup.
Freshman guard Jessie Davidison (Lexington, Ind.) reached double-digit scoring for the second consecutive game with 17 points, while juniors Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) and Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) both tallied 11. Sophomore guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) added 10 points off the bench.
The Panthers shot 40 percent (10-25) from three-point range, including the first basket of the game by Bischoff (19:43).
Alex Botkin answered on the next possession for Transylvania, scoring in the paint to pull within 3-2.
Bischoff took a Hanover outlet pass straight to the basket off the inbounds with 18:07 left in the period to claim a 5-4 lead.
The teams traded buckets before a Hannah Neeley lay-up in the paint sparked a 12-4 Transylvania run, grabbing a 29-19 lead with 9:48 left in the first half.
Hanover battled back with Hopkins sinking three free throws and a three-pointer to pull the Panthers within four (27-21) in a 1:45 span.
The Pioneers pushed the lead back to double digits, with Hanover battling back to within six (45-51) on two Kelsey Block free throws to end the period.
Bischoff scored 11 points in the first period, while Hopkins netted 13 as the Panthers hit 15-of-42 (35.7 percent).
Transylvania hit 21-of-41 (51.2 percent), despite 12 turnovers and 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) from three-point range.
Hanover battled back in the second half, forcing 12 more turnovers, but were unable to come closer than nine points.
An Alex McKenzie jumper with 14:01 to play sparked a 12-3 Transylvania run that put the game out of reach.
McKenzie tallied game-highs with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Madisen Webb also notched a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Hanover falls to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in Heartland Conference play. Transyvlania improves to 11-1 and 5-0 in the HCAC.
Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014