TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Hanover College relied on a
strong defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack to top
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 55-43 in Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday.
Rose-Hulman battled on the boards and earned a 54-30 rebounding
edge over the Panthers, including 23 offensive boards.
Hanover shot 42% from the field to earn the victory.
Alicia Hopkins scored 13 points, with Caitlin Bischoff adding 12
points and eight steals to lead the Hanover efforts.
Sophomore Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) led
the Rose-Hulman offense with 10 points. Freshman
Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield)
(pictured) added seven points and eight rebounds, with freshman
Hayley Gilliam (Zionsville) contributing six
points off the bench.
Freshman Andi Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre
Dame) had five points and nine rebounds, and freshman
Cassidy Cain (Noblesville) pitched in with five
points and five assists.
Rose-Hulman held a 12-8 lead, before Hanover answered with a
20-3 run to take a 28-15 lead with 4:22 left in the first
half. The Fightin' Engineers held Hanover without a point the
rest of the half to close within 28-19 at the break on a score by
Morris in the final seconds.
In the second half, Hanover built its lead to 12 points again at
37-25 on a three-pointer by Hopkins at the 15:29 mark.
Back-to-back baskets by Gilliam sparked a run that brought
Rose-Hulman to within 43-36 at the 9:25 mark.
Hanover then relied on its defense once again to hold the
Engineers to seven points the rest of the way and earn its fifth
win of the season.
Hanover improved to 5-2 and 2-2 in league play, while
Rose-Hulman stands 3-5 and 0-4 in conference games. The
Fightin' Engineers host Marian University on Tuesday night.