BLUFFTON, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology rallied from a 14-point second half to
close within four points in the final three minutes, but Bluffton
University held on to earn a 58-51 women's basketball win on
Senior Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker)
led the Rose-Hulman offense with her 32nd career
double-double. Marsh scored 14 points with 13 rebounds for
Freshman Heather Finnell (Decatur,
Tenn./Cleveland) (pictured) contributed four
three-point field goals for 12 points. Freshman
Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) pitched in with nine
Sophomore Lauren Meadows
(Indianapolis/Brebeuf) scored eight points, and junior
Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) pitched in
with six points, six rebounds and a career-high tying eight
Brittany Stegmaier paced Bluffton with 20 points.
Lauren Hutton contributed 12 points, and Brittany Lewis scored 10
for the Beavers.
Stegmaier buried a three-pointer at the 13:07 mark to put
Bluffton ahead 38-24, but a score from senior Nicole Klass
(Evansville/North) and a three-pointer from Finnell
brought the Engineers within 38-29.
Bluffton pushed its lead to 47-36, before six straight
points from Rose-Hulman brought the margin within 47-42 on a layup
by Meadows at the 4:55 mark. A three-pointer from Meadows and
a layup by Marsh would make the margin 53-49 with 3:11
Bluffton held the Engineers to just two points in the last
four minutes and hit several free throws down the stretch to secure
Bluffton improved to 5-8 and 2-4 in league play, while
Rose-Hulman dropped to 4-9 and 2-4 in conference games. The
Fightin' Engineers host Anderson University on Wednesday at 7:30
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