N. 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
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
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
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
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