Rose-Hulman Improves to 4-4 in HCAC Play with Win Over MSJ


MeadowsSMWCCINCINNATI, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 4-4 on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball season with a 66-52 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.

Sophomore Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf) (pictured) paced four Engineers in double figures with a career-high 23 points. 

Junior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) added a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds on 10-12 from the free throw line.

Freshman Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) also reached double figures with 14 points and a team-high four assists.

Senior Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker) pitched in with a double-double featuring 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Rose-Hulman shot 44% from the field and pulled away in the second half with strong free throw shooting to earn its second consecutive conference victory.  The Fightin' Engineers finished 20-24 from the free throw line and have hit 49 of their last 53 free throws over two games.

The Engineers held a 27-24 advantage, before Mount St. Joseph responded to gain a 32-28 lead at the 17:35 mark.  Rose-Hulman answered with a 14-2 run to earn a 42-34 lead on two straight layups by Marsh at the 12:11 mark.

Freshman Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) helped Rose-Hulman's lead reach double figures at 50-40 on a layup with 6:42 left.  Mount St. Joseph closed within six points twice down the stretch but solid free throw shooting by the Engineers proved the difference down the stretch, as Rose-Hulman hit nine of 10 free throws in the final minute.

Rose-Hulman improved to 6-9 overall and 4-4 in league play with the victory, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 3-11 and 3-5 in HCAC play.  The Engineers return to action on Wednesday at conference leader Hanover College.