Free Throws, Three-Pointers Lead Rose-Hulman Past Earlham

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DickersonMarianRICHMOND, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology buried 22 of 23 free throws and hit six three-pointers to defeat Earlham College 62-50 in women's basketball action on Wednesday night.

Junior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) scored 20 points on 12-12 from the free throw line with seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Engineers.

Freshman Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) reached double figures with 10 points and six rebounds.  Sophomore Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf) came off the bench for nine points.

Senior Nicole Klass (Evansville/North) and freshman Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) scored eight points each.  Senior Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker) finished out the balanced attack with seven points and nine rebounds.

Bria Sneed paced Earlham with 17 points, and Princess Darnell contributed 10 points to the Quakers attack.

Earlham jumped out to a 30-23 lead at the half after leading by as many as 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.  Rose-Hulman quickly responded in the second half to knot the score at 33-33 on three-pointers by Finnell and Meadows.

The Engineers continued to push tempo and gained a six-point lead at 41-35 on two free throws from Finnell and two more from Ploof.  Earlham rallied to knot the score at 44-44 at the 9:30 mark.

Rose-Hulman again answered the Earlham rally with a 10-3 run over the next five minutes to gain a 54-47 lead on a free throw by Marsh at the 2:37 mark.  Earlham trimmed the deficit to six points, but four free throws from Dickerson and two each by Marsh and Ploof in the last 90 seconds secured the win.

Rose-Hulman improved to 7-13 on the season and 5-8 in league play, while Earlham dropped to 0-20.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to in-state foe Manchester on Saturday at 4 p.m.