Five players reached double figures as Hanover's women's basketball team held off Rose-Hulman 80-77 on Wednesday in Terre Haute.

Alicia Hopkins scored 16 points and Megan Caudill netted 14 to lead Hanover, now 8-8 overall and 6-3 at the midpoint of the team's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season.

Elyse Weddle scored 11 points and Madison's Kelsey Block and Austin's Jessie Davidson had 10 points each for Hanover.

Rose-Hulman (7-9, 5-4 HCAC) sprinted out to an 11-2 lead in the opening three minutes of action. Weddle and Block then scored four points each as Hanover used a 15-6 run over a six-minute stretch to tie the game 17-17.

The teams were knotted at 21-21 before the Panthers outscored the Engineers 21-12 throughout the remainder of the first half to grab a 40-33 lead at halftime. Davidson, Caudill and Ashley Malloy each sank 3-pointers to fuel the run.

Rose-Hulman battled to tie the score 46-46 three minutes into the second period, but Hanover, sparked by five points from Weddle, countered with a 10-1 spurt over a four-minute span to take a 56-47 lead with 12:47 left in the game.

The Engineers whittled the deficit to four points (65-61) with 6:46 to go, but Block scored from inside and later hit two free throws to nudge the margin to 71-61 with five minutes left.

The Panthers hit 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to lock up the program's 14th-straight win against Rose-Hulman.

Hanover shot 45.3 percent from the floor (24-of-53) and converted 28-of-36 free throws (78 percent), including 20 in the second period.

The Engineers finished 29-of-50 from the field (58 percent) and posted a 36-28 advantage on in rebounding.

Hopkins led the Panthers with six rebounds. Kelsey Ploof and Sheree Williams scored 16 points each for Rose-Hulman.

Hanover visits Defiance on Saturday.

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WEDNESDAY'S WOMEN'S GAME

at Terre Haute

HANOVER 80, ROSE-HULMAN 77



HANOVER (8-8, 6-3 HCAC) - Hopkins 16, Caudill 14, Weddle 11, Block 10, Davidson 10, Bischoff 8, Watson 8, Malloy 3, Meyer 0.

ROSE-HULMAN (7-9, 5-4 HCAC) - Williams 16, Ploof 16, Belyea 12, Marshall 10, Schmidt 9, Meadows 5, Paruleski 5, Gibbs 4, Loving 0, Evers 0, Morris 0.



Halftime - Hanover 40-33. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 4 (Davidson 2, Caudill 1, Malloy 1), Rose-Hulman 4 (Belyea 2, Marshall 1, Paruleski 1). Rebounds - Hanover 28 (Hopkins 6), Rose-Hulman 36 (Gibbs 8, Ploof 8). Assists - Hanover 11 (Watson 3, Hopkins 3), Rose-Hulman 22 (Morris 6). Total Fouls - Hanover 19,

Rose-Hulman 26. Free Throws - Hanover 28-36, Rose-Hulman 15-24. Fouled Out - Rose-Hulman: Belyea. Next Game - Hanover visits Defiance Saturday. Rose-Hulman hosts Transylvania Saturday.