Five players reached double digits as the Hanover College women’s basketball team won their ninth-straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game, defeating the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 81-64. In defeating the Engineers for the 15th straight contest, the Panthers improve to 14-8 overall and 12-3 in the HCAC.
Junior forward Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) led all scorers with 17 points, while classmate Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) added 11 points, six assists, six steals and five rebounds.
Hopkins headed a feisty Panther defense that forced 32 turnovers and collected 15 steals.
Freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ky.) scored 10 points, to help the Panthers maintain a two game lead from third place Franklin.
Senior Elyse Weddle (Bloomfield, Ind.) and sophomore Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) added 10 and 12 points apiece off the bench.
Hanover used a barrage of three-pointers from Block and Hopkins and seven points inside the lane from Weddle to secure a 20-5 lead at the 13:33 mark.
The teams traded buckets for several possessions before Hanover again built the lead, as a Block trey 1:10 later put Hanover ahead 25-7.
The Engineers rallied, but were unable to cut the lead to less than nine in the first half, entering intermission trailing 42-33.
Rose-Hulman quickly capitalized on several Hanover missed shots and cut the lead to four (42-38) just 2:13 into the second period.
Caudill and classmate Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) responded with four baskets in a row to spark a 19-4 Hanover run.
Trailing 61-42 with 10:51 to play, the Engineers mustered one last rally, pulling to within 65-56 on a Lauren Meadows three-pointer.
With the Panthers clinging to a 68-59 lead, Caudill hit a deep trey to kill the Rose-Hulman rally.
Caudill scored seven of Hanover’s thirteen final points, while Block and Hopkins each hit two from the free throw line to build the Panther lead.
Both teams shot the ball well with Hanover hitting 25-of-29 (42.4 %) and Rose-Hulman shooting 21-of-45 (46.7%).
While the Panther defense didn’t allow a single Rose-Hulman player to score in double digits, Gracie Gibbs, Sheree Williams, and Meadows all reached nine.
Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014