Strong Defense Leads Hanover Past R-H Women


morris-mu2TERRE 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.