Juniors Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) and Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) each scored career highs to lead Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad to an 88-77 overtime victory at Defiance College (Ohio).
Hopkins netted a career-best 25 points and Bischoff set a personal mark with 20 to lead the Panthers, now 9-8 overall and 7-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) added 13 points, marking her eighth straight outing in double figures, and sophomore guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) chipped in 11 off the bench.
Hanover used a 5-0 run in the final two minutes of regulation to force the extra session, then outscored Defiance 19-8 in overtime to post its fourth win in a row.
Hopkins, who tallied 17 of her points in the second half, scored from inside to tie the game at 69-69 with 29 seconds left. She grabbed a rebound off the Yellow Jackets’ shot in the closing seconds to preserve the tie in regulation.
In the five-minute overtime, Bischoff scored seven points and Davidson added six as the Panthers pulled away to seal the program's seventh win in its last eight meetings with Defiance.
With the teams knotted at 71-71, Bischoff hit a three-pointer and later added a bucket from inside to key a 9-1 burst during a two and one-half minute stretch to push Hanover ahead 80-72 with 90 seconds to play.
The Yellow Jackets (8-9; 4-6 HCAC) trailed just 80-75 with 1:18 left, but junior forward Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) scored from inside to increase the margin to 82-75 with 1:04 on the clock.
In the final 42 seconds, junior guard Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) hit a pair of free throws and Davidson made 4-of-4 from the foul stripe to seal the Panthers' fifth road win of the season.
Hanover was just 26-of-72 from the field (36.1%), but dropped in a season-high 11 three-pointers and made 25-of-30 free throws (83.3%)
The Panthers were outrebounded, 58-42, but forced 30 turnovers and totaled 15 steals.
Hopkins had nine boards, while Bischoff and Caudill each pulled down eight boards to lead the effort on the glass.
Hopkins and Caudill also grabbed four steals apiece.
Published Saturday, January 25, 2014