The Hanover College women’s basketball squad’s 10-game winning streak came to an end with a 101-85 loss to Transylvania University (Ky.) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash in Lexington, Ky.
Hanover slipped to 15-9 overall and 13-4 in the HCAC with the setback. The Panthers, which remain in second place in the league standings, had not lost since a Jan. 11 battle at Bluffton University (81-71).
Freshman guard Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind.) poured in a game-high 25 points to pace five Hanover players in double figures. Juniors Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.), Megan Caudill (Richmond, Ind.) , Caitlin Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind.) and Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) combined for 49 points.
Hopkins scored 16 points, while Caudill had 12. Bischoff netted 11 points and Watson finished with 10.
Jordin Fender came off the bench to lead Transylvania with 22 points. Madisen Webb had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Katelyn Smith posted 16 points and 11 boards.
Hanover led 7-6 four minutes into the contest. The Pioneers then outscored the Panthers 31-10 through the next nine minutes to build a 37-17 lead with seven minutes to play in the half.
Davidson scored 14 of her points leading into the break. Hopkins added seven points as Hanover rallied with a 27-12 spurt to trim the margin to 49-44 at the intermission.
Bischoff nailed a three-pointer and Watson scored from inside to pull the Panthers within 53-49 two minutes into the second frame.
Transylvania responded with a 10-4 run in the following three minutes to expand the cushion to 63-53 with 15 minutes to go.
Hanover would not get within single digits the rest of the way.
The Pioneers (22-2; 16-1 HCAC) stretched the lead to 20 points (83-63) with 8:33 left.
The margin dipped to 88-75 after three-pointers by Davidson and Hopkins, but Smith netted five points in a 36-second span to bump the deficit to 95-77 with 3:15 left and the Panthers did not threaten in the closing minutes.
Hanover just 34.2 percent from the field (27-of-79) with a 10-of-27 outing from beyond the arc (37%).
Transylvania outrebounded the Panthers by a 64-35 margin, with 22 offensive boards, and converted 26-of-34 free throws (76.5%).
Bischoff grabbed seven rebounds to lead Hanover on the glass.
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014