Hanover's women saw a nine-game basketball win streak against Anderson halted 63-58 on Wednesday but not before sophomore guard Alicia Hopkins equaled the single season school assists record she set last year as a freshman.

Playing at O.C. Lewis Gymnasium in Anderson, Hanover outscored the host Ravens 39-38 in the second half but the damage had already been done by a 19-point Hanover first half as the Panthers fell to 16-6 overall and 10-5 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Anderson built a 25-19 lead by halftime as the Panthers were 8-of-34 from the field (23.5 percent) in the opening 20 minutes of play. Hanover warmed up only slightly in the second half to make 13-of-38 en route to a 29 percent performance on the night.

Meanwhile, Anderson made 23-of-49 from the field (46.9 percent) and out-rebounded the Panthers 45-39 to improve to 7-15 overall and 6-9 in the HCAC. The loss to Anderson was Hanover's first to the Ravens since Jan. 31, 2009.

Courtney Prater, a senior forward from Anderson who formerly played for the Ravens before transferring to Hanover, had game-highs in points (21) and rebounds (12).

Hopkins, of Columbus, added 15 points to go with five steals to equal her single-season school record of 93 set last season.

Amy Wuestefeld scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds to lead the Ravens and Jenna Wittenberg added 15 points off the bench.

After trailing by six at halftime, Prater converted a three-point play and senior guard Natalie Morse sank a 3-pointer as Hanover opened the second half on a 6-0 run to tie the game 25-25. From there, the teams exchanged the lead 12 times and were tied five times before Anderson broke on top for good in the final three minutes.

Hanover led 56-53 after Hopkins hit 1-of-2 free throws with 3:24 left. However, Ashley Wuestefeld answered with a jumper and Amy Wuestefeld scored inside to push the Ravens ahead 57-56 with 2:40 to go.

Amy Wuestefeld hit one free throw with 58 seconds left and another with 42 remaining to give Anderson a 59-56 lead.

After a Hanover timeout, Prater made two free throws to pull the Panthers within a point (59-58) with 29 seconds to play but Amy Wuestefeld countered with two free throws with 27 seconds left.

Hanover then turned the ball over and Amy Wuestefeld made two more foul shots with 17 seconds left for the final margin.

Hanover's defensive pressure pestered the Ravens into 29 turnovers but Hanover made 15 of its own. That combined with Panthers' cool shooting and Anderson's rebounding swayed the balance of an otherwise close game.

The loss drops Hanover to three games behind HCAC front-runner Transylvania (13-2) and two back of Franklin (12-3) and in a tie with Defiance (10-5). Hanover visits Bluffton (6-9) Saturday.



at Anderson


HANOVER (16-6, 10-5 HCAC) - (c)Prater 21, (g)Hopkins 15, (f)Gahimer 9, (f)Morse 5, Weddle 4, Brewer 2, Pahren 2, (g)Watson 0, Bischoff 0, Malloy 0, Caudill 0, Block 0, Tubb 0.

ANDERSON (7-15, 6-9 HCAC) - (g)Am. Wuestefeld 21, Wittenberg 15, Haskins 9, (f)King 5, Conner 5, (f)As. Wuestefeld 4, (c)Defiel 2, (g)Stachovic 2, Snell 0.

Halftime - Anderson 25, Hanover 19. 3-Point Goals - Hanover 2 (Hopkins 1, Morse 1), Anderson 4 (King 1, Am. Wuestefeld 1, Wittenberg 1, Conner 1). Free Throws - Hanover 14-21 (67%), Anderson 13-21 (62%). Total Fouls - Hanover 17, Anderson 18. Fouled Out - None. Rebounds - Hanover 39 (Prater 12), Anderson 45 (Am. Wuestefeld 8, King 7). Assists - Hanover 12 (Hopkins 3), Anderson 11 (As. Wuestefeld 4). Steals - Hanover 19 (Hopkins 5), Anderson 8 (King 3). Blocks - Hanover 2 (Gahimer 2), Anderson 8 (Defiel 3, Wittenberg 3). Turnovers - Hanover 15, Anderson 29. Next Game - Hanover visits Bluffton (Ohio) Saturday, Anderson visits Franklin Saturday.