HAPPY SENIORS: Hanover seniors Courtney Prater (left) and Katie Gahimer share a light moment on the bench toward the end of Saturday’s win over Rose-Hulman. The two seniors, along with Natalie Morse and Katie Brewer, tied the school record with their 84th win as a class. They can break the record this weekend in the HCAC tournament. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
HAPPY SENIORS: Hanover seniors Courtney Prater (left) and Katie Gahimer share a light moment on the bench toward the end of Saturday’s win over Rose-Hulman. The two seniors, along with Natalie Morse and Katie Brewer, tied the school record with their 84th win as a class. They can break the record this weekend in the HCAC tournament. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Hanover's women's basketball team secured its spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament and tied a school record with a 74-63 victory over Rose-Hulman on senior day Saturday at Collier Arena.

The win was Hanover's 12th in a row against Rose-Hulman to secure the No. 3 seed in this week's six-team HCAC tournament. The win also marks the 84th career victory for the Panthers' senior class, which matches the school record for wins in a four-year span set by last year's group (84-23).

The game marked the fifth time this season that Hanover has rallied from a double-digit deficit to earn a victory.

Rose-Hulman led 8-0 in the opening three minutes and built a 26-15 lead with eight minutes left in the period. Hanover closed the half with a 15-5 run to pull within 31-30 at halftime.

Rose-Hulman (12-13, 8-10 HCAC) turned the ball over twice while senior Katie Gahimer hit consecutive buckets to push the Panthers ahead 34-31 three minutes into the second period.

Hopkins scored six points and freshman Ashley Malloy drilled a pair of 3-pointers to help Hanover extend the lead to 55-44 with 10:49 to play.

Rose-Hulman whittled the margin to eight (59-51) with to 7:36 to play, but Gahimer hit a pair of jumpers to fuel an 8-0 run to put the Panthers ahead 67-51 with five minutes left.

The Engineers never got within single digits down the stretch.

Gahimer set a career-high in points for the second consecutive game, getting a game-high 22 on 10-of-16 shooting. Sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins added 14 points.

Hanover (18-7, 12-6 HCAC) committed just 11 turnovers, but was outrebounded by Rose-Hulman, 39-26. Gahimer led the Panthers with six boards.

The Panthers made 24-of-58 shots from the field (41.4 percent), including seven 3-pointers.

Cassidy Cain scored 18 points and Addie Johnson added 16 off the bench for Rose-Hulman.

The same two teams will face off again in the opening round of the HCAC tournament on Friday at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. The No. 3 seed Panthers and the No. 6 Engineers will play at 8 p.m.

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SATURDAY'S WOMEN'S GAME

at Hanover

HANOVER 74, ROSE-HULMAN 63

ROSE-HULMAN (12-13, 8-10 HCAC) - (g)Cain 18, Johnson 16, (g)Morris 10, (f)Gibbs 7, (f)Ploof 6, Williams 4, (g)Gilliam 2, Ottone 0, Dalton 0, Fuhs 0.



HANOVER (18-7, 12-6 HCAC) - (f)Gahimer 22, (g)Hopkins 14, Malloy 9, Caudill 7, (c)Prater 6, (g)Brewer 6, Watson 5, Weddle 3, DeMoss 2, (g)Morse 0, Jones 0, Block 0, Tubb 0, Pahren 0, Dilley 0.



Halftime - Rose-Hulman 31-30. 3-Point Goals - Rose-Hulman 5 (Cain 3, Morris 1, Johnson 1), Hanover 7 (Malloy 3, Gahimer 2, Brewer 2). Assists - Rose-Hulman 12 (Ploof 4), Hanover 13 (Gahimer 2, Morse 2, Hopkins 2, Pahren 2). Turnovers - Rose-Hulman 28, Hanover 11. Total Fouls - Rose-Hulman 22, Hanover 19. Free Throws - Rose-Hulman 16-23, Hanover 19-33. Fouled Out - Rose-Hulman: Ploof. Next Game - Hanover and Rose-Hulman play in the HCAC Tournament at Transylvania Friday.