Hanover's women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to knock off Denison (Ohio) 75-70 in the opening game of the Purple Raider Classic in Alliance, Ohio on Friday.

Elyse Weddle, a senior forward from Bloomfield, hit the go-ahead basket to give the Panthers a 71-70 lead with 52 seconds left in the contest.

Alicia Hopkins scored from inside to bump Hanover's cushion to 73-70 with 37 seconds to go, and freshman Jessie Davidson dropped in two free throws with eight seconds left to seal the victory.

Denison (3-1) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening four minutes of action and held a 32-20 lead with six minutes left in the half.

Caitlin Bischoff hit two 3-pointers to help the Panthers trim the margin to 38-30 at the half.

Bischoff scored seven points and Stephanie Pahren hit a pair of buckets to pull Hanover within one at 49-48 with 12 minutes to play in the second period.

Megan Caudill nailed a 3-pointer to push the Panthers ahead 53-51 with 10:52 remaining and, from that point, the squads were tied five times and swapped the lead on three occasions down the stretch.

Hanover (1-2) plays host Mount Union today.

PURPLE RAIDER CLASSIC

at Alliance, Ohio

HANOVER 75, DENISON 70



HANOVER (1-2) - (g)Hopkins 15, (g)Davidson 14, (f)Bischoff 13, (f)Weddle 9, (g)Watson 8, Pahren 7, Malloy 4, Caudill 3, Tubb 2, Block 0.



DENISON (3-1) - (g)Love 15, (f)Holmes 15, Arter 11, (f)Staubach 8, (g)Freundlich 7, Habel 6, (g)Williams 4, Wagner 3, Rogers 1, Nottage 0, Krumpe 0.



Halftime - Denison 38-30. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 4 (Bischoff 3, Caudill 1), Denison 7 (Arter 3, Love 1, Freundlich 1, Williams 1, Wagner 1). Rebounds - Hanover 32 (Hopkins 6), Denison 41 (Holmes 14). Assists - Hanover 12 (Watson 4), Denison 19 (Love 3, Williams 3, Wagner 3). Turnovers - Hanover 7, Denison 25. Total Fouls - Hanover 13, Denison 18. Free Throws - Hanover 13-20, Denison 9-12. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Both teams continue play in the Purple Raider Classic today: Hanover faces Mount Union; Denison plays Waynesburg.