Women's Basketball Falls to Hanover in HCAC Tourney


johnson-mu2LEXINGTON, KY. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology completed a 12-14 women's basketball season with a 70-58 loss to Hanover College in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday night.

Freshman Addie Johnson (Caledonia, Mich./Catholic Central) scored a team-high 15 points off the bench to lead the Fightin' Engineer offense.  Junior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Sophomores Gracie Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) and Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) scored eight points each, and freshman Cassidy Cain (Noblesville) pitched in with six points.

Courtney Prater led the Hanover offense with 19 points.  Katie Gahimer scored 16 points, and Alicia Hopkins also reached double figures with 11 points for the Panthers.

Hanover shot 42% from the field and grabbed 16 steals to pressure the Rose-Hulman offense attack.  The Fightin' Engineers fought to a 28-28 tie at the half by shooting 44% from the field and holding Hanover to 32% in the opening 20 minutes. 

The Fightin' Engineers qualified for their third consecutive HCAC Women's Basketball Tournament and completed their winningest season since the 2006-07 campaign this year.