Panthers hold off Rose-Hulman for HCAC win

Five players reached double figures as Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad held off the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 80-77, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash in Terre Haute, Ind.

Junior guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) scored 16 points and junior forward Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) netted 14 to lead Hanover, now 8-8 overall and 6-3 at the midpoint of the team’s Heartland Conference slate.

Senior forward Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) had 11 points and sophomore guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) had 10 off the Panthers’ bench, while freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) also added 10 points.

Kelsey Ploof and Sheree Williams posted 16 points apiece for pace Rose-Hulman, which dipped to 7-9 overall and 5-4 in the HCAC with the setback.

Rose-Hulman sprinted to an 11-2 lead in the opening three minutes of action. Weddle and Block scored four points apiece as Hanover used a 15-6 run during a six-minute stretch to tie the game at 17-17.

The teams were knotted at 21-21 before the Panthers outscored the Engineers 21-12 through the remainder of the half to grab a 40-33 lead at the break. Davidson, Caudill and sophomore guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) each drained three-pointers to fuel the run.

Rose-Hulman battled to tie the score at 46-46 three minutes into the second period. Hanover, sparked by five points from Weddle, countered with a 10-1 spurt during a four-minute span to bolt into a 56-47 lead with 12:47 left in the game.

The Engineers whittled the deficit to four points (65-61) with 6:46 to go, but Block scored from inside and later hit two free throws to nudge the margin to 71-61 with five minutes on the clock.

The Panthers hit 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to lock up the program’s 14th straight win against Rose-Hulman.

Hanover shot 45.3 percent from the floor (24-of-53) and converted 28-of-36 free throws (787.8%), including 20 in the second period.

The Engineers finished 29-of-50 from the field (58%) and posted a 36-28 advantage on the glass.

Hopkins led the Panthers with six rebounds.

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