Junior forward Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) scored a career-high 19 points to spark Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad to an 83-64 victory against Manchester University in Collier Arena.
Hanover, which has beaten Manchester in eight of the last nine meetings between the schools, used a 16-4 run in the final six minutes of the first half to build a 41-24 lead. The Spartans would get no closer than 14 points (43-29) the rest of the way.
Caudill, coming off a 16-point effort against the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) earlier in the week, set a career high for the second straight outing to lead the Panthers.
Freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) had 14 points and junior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) added 12.
Caudill scored seven points and Hopkins netted six as Hanover grabbed a 23-9 lead at the 11:19 mark of the first frame. Manchester, however, used back-to-back jumpers from Kelcey Daugherty in an 11-2 run during the next five minutes to trim the deficit to five points (25-20).
Hanover’s defensive pressure forced eight turnovers to help fuel the decisive stretch to close the half.
Justine Kruger hit two buckets to get the Spartans within 14 points (45-31) early in the second period. Junior forward Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) dropped in a three-pointer as the Panthers responded with a 9-2 burst through the next two minutes to boost the lead to 54-33 with 15:32 to play.
Sophomore guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) nailed two free throws and followed with a three-pointer to increase the margin to 26 points (74-48) with eight minutes on the clock.
Hanover chipped away at the shot clock, and hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final six minutes, to nail down the win.
The Panthers now 7-8 overall and 5-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, were 27-of-62 from the field (43.5%) and 25-of-30 from the charity stripe (83.3%).
Hanover's defense generated 28 turnovers and earned 15 steals. Caudill and Hopkins led the unit with five steals apiece.
Manchester fell to 8-7 overall and 5-3 in the HCAC with the setback. Kruger led the Spartans with a 14-point outing.
Published Saturday, January 18, 2014