Rose-Hulman Narrowly Falls in Season Opener at Birmingham

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DickersonMarianBIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Katelyn Wilson buried a key three-pointer in the final seconds to help Birmingham Southern hold off Rose-Hulman 67-60 in the women's basketball season opener for both schools on Saturday.

Sophomore Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) provided the offensive punch for Rose-Hulman with a career-high 29 points.

Rose-Hulman fought back to within 59-57, before Wilson buried a three-pointer to give Birmingham Southern a five-point lead at the 1:16 mark.

The Panthers added one free throw to push the lead to 63-57, before Dickerson was fouled on a three-point play and hit all three free throws to move the Engineers within 63-60 in the final 30 seconds.

Wilson hit four more free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the final margin of victory for Birmingham Southern.

Dickerson finished 10-13 from the field, 3-3 from three-point range and was 6-8 on the foul line with 10 rebounds in a career-best performance.

Sophomore Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf Jesuit) added eight points and three rebounds.  Junior Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker) returned to her home state with six points and 11 rebounds.

Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman included freshman Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) with five points and four rebounds, freshman Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) with five points and three rebounds; and senior Nicole Klass (Evansville/ North) with four points and five rebounds.

The two teams battled to a 29-29 halftime tie in a tightly contested first half that featured less than a five-point margin for all 20 minutes. 

Rose-Hulman overcame the hosts to earn a 44-42 lead with 11:49 left on a score by Dickerson.  Birmingham Southern answered with nine straight points, and later a three-pointer by Dickerson brought the Engineers within 54-47 at the 7:37 mark.

Meadows added a layup and Dickerson scored three straight points to make the margin 56-52 at the 5:18 mark.  Another Dickerson three-pointer made the score 58-57 at the 3:55 mark.

Rose-Hulman stands 0-1 on the season and squares off with Louisiana College in a Sunday afternoon matchup in Birmingham.