Freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) scored a season-high 28 points to lead Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad to an 86-75 victory against Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.
Junior forward Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) scored 15 points and classmate Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) added 14 for Hanover, which posted its eighth win in a row to improve to 13-8 overall and 11-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Panthers, which have also beaten the Quakers eight straight times, shot 48.4 percent from the field (31-of-64), hit 19-of-25 free throws (76%) and earned a 46-41 advantage in rebounds.
Earlham jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Davidson, however, scored 12 of her points to spark a 27-10 run to thrust Hanover ahead 27-17 with 12:24 left in the opening half.
Davidson scored from inside to keep the Panthers on top 41-29 six minutes before the break. She added two free throws with one second left in the stanza to give the squad a 48-39 cushion at the half.
The Quakers trimmed the margin to 48-43 in the first minute of the second period.
Davidson scored six points and six different Hanover players scored as the Panthers eventually pushed the lead to 67-51 with 11:27 remaining in the contest.
Hanover increased the margin to 17 points (72-55) with 9:07 to play before the Quakers used a 12-3 run to shave the deficit to eight points (75-67) with 4:55 to go.
Junior forward Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) countered with a three-pointer and Caudill scored from close range to boost the lead to 80-67 with 3:38 left.
Earlham could not get within single digits down the stretch.
Kasin Spay scored 19 points to lead the Quakers, now 10-11 overall and 6-8 in the Heartland Conference. Maya Luney added 11 points and game-high 10 rebounds.
Published Saturday, February 8, 2014