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