Hanover College’s women’s basketball squad notched its 10th Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory of the season with a 67-50 triumph against Earlham College. The HCAC contest was played Saturday, Feb. 2, in Richmond, Ind.
Senior forward Courtney Prater (Anderson, Ind.) scored 13 points and sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) added 11 to lead Hanover, which improves to 16-5 overall and 10-4 in the league.
The win marks the Panthers' sixth consecutive season with 10 or more conference victories.
Kasin Spay netted a game-high 18 points for Earlham, which fell to 3-18 overall and 2-12 in the Heartland Conference.
Trailing by four points in the opening three minutes of action, Hanover wrestled control of the game with a 15-0 run during a three-minute stretch.
Senior guard Natalie Morse (Mitchell, Ind.) scored seven straight points and sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins (Columbus, Ind.) followed with eight of her own to take the Panthers from a 6-2 deficit into a 17-6 lead with 14 minutes left in the half.
Hanover increased the margin to 16 points (24-8) midway through the period and led 40-24 at the break.
Prater converted a three-point play and followed with a bucket inside to nudge the Panthers ahead 45-24 just two minutes into the second period.
After Earlham had cut the margin to 18 points (45-27), Prater, again, scored twice from inside and Caudill added a jumper and two free throws to spark a 10-1 run which thrust Hanover ahead 55-28 with 15:30 to play.
The Quakers trimmed the lead back to 18 points (59-41) with a 13-4 burst, but Tubb and Hopkins countered with back-to-back three-pointers to help push the margin to 26 points (67-41) with 4:40 left.
Hanover did not score again, but limited Earlham to nine points the rest of the way to lock up the squad’s sixth win in a row against the Quakers.
The Panthers hit 26-of-63 field goals (41.3%), including eight three-pointers. Earlham, meanwhile, was 17-of-49 (34.7%) and made just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.
The Quakers outscored Hanover, 15-7, at the charity stripe after hitting 15-of-27 (55.6%) attempts. The Panthers made 7-of-13 from the foul line (53.8%).
Published Saturday, February 2, 2013