TERRE HAUTE, IND. --
Marian University relied on a strong defensive effort to hold off a
second half Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology charge and earn a
61-52 women's basketball victory on Saturday
Sophomore Lauren Meadows
(Indianapolis/Brebeuf) scored a game-high 16 points,
including 6-6 from the free throw line and six rebounds, to pace
the Rose-Hulman offense.
Senior Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker)
and sophomore Erin Davey (St. Charles, Mo./Incarnate
Word) each contributed nine points to the effort.
Marsh added six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Other key contributors for the Engineers included junior
Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) with six
points and three rebounds; and freshman Kelsey Ploof
(Noblesville) with four points and five
The Marian offense featured three players in double
figures, led by 16 points from Natalie Robinson. Rachel
Kenney and Emily Smithson scored 14 points each.
Marian led 31-24 at halftime after shooting 44% from the
field. The Engineers remained within striking distance by
hitting 12 of 14 free throw attempts in the opening 20
In the second half, the Engineers relied on a free throw
by Marsh to close within 33-25, before Marian answered with an 11-3
run to push its lead to 44-28. The Knights pushed the lead to
20 points at 61-41 with 4:19 remaining.
Rose-Hulman rallied in the final four minutes the game's
last 11 points to move within 61-52. Meadows scored eight
points, Ploof added a layup, and junior Rebecca Bowermaster
(Wood River, Ill./Roxana) added a free throw in the
Marian improved to 8-4 on the season, while Rose-Hulman
dropped to 3-6. The Fightin' Engineers travel to nationally
ranked DePauw University on December 28.
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