Donna Marsh Crosses 1,000-Point Mark in Narrow Loss at Manchester


MarshN. MANCHESTER, IND.-- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker) became the eighth women's basketball player in school history to cross the 1,000-point mark to highlight a narrow 49-43 loss at Manchester on Saturday.

Marsh scored in the paint with 5:07 left in the first half to cross the 1,000-point mark.  She finished the contest with 1,003 career points after a six-point performance.

Junior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) paced the Rose-Hulman offense with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  Sophomore Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf) also reached double figures with 10 points.

Freshman Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) scored six points with 10 rebounds, and freshman Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) recorded seven points and six steals for the second most in a game in Rose-Hulman history.

Alexandra Starkey led the Manchester offensive effort with 13 points, and Ashley Poe also reached double figures with 10 points for the Spartans.

Manchester never trailed in the first half, although Rose-Hulman battled back to force a 9-9 tie at the 11:00 mark.  The Spartans led by as many as seven points, before senior Nicole Klass (Evansville/North) brought the Engineers within 23-19 at the break on a three-pointer.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman held Manchester to just one point over a six-minute stretch to turn a 25-19 deficit into a 29-26 lead on two free throws by Dickerson at the 12:04 mark.  The Rose-Hulman lead reached three points at 33-30 on a score by Marsh and 35-32 on two free throws by Meadows at the 8:20 mark.

After two free throws by Dickerson put Rose-Hulman ahead 40-38, Manchester held the Engineers to just three points down the stretch and relied on a three-pointer by Starkey and a score by Poe to move ahead 43-40 at the 2:27 mark. 

Dickerson trimmed the margin to two points at 45-43 with 40 seconds left, but Laine Mello scored in the lane with 10 seconds left to secure the Manchester win.

Manchester improved to 11-10 overall and 9-5 in conference play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 7-14 and 5-9 in league games.  The Engineers travel to Anderson University on Wednesday.