BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology battled highly regarded Louisiana College to a 45-45 tie
with nine minutes left, but the Wildcats closed with strength to
earn a 78-54 women's basketball win on Sunday.
Freshman Heather Finnell (Decatur,
Tenn./Cleveland) scored 13 points with six rebounds, and
sophomore Erin Davey (St. Charles, Mo./Incarnate
Word) added 12 points for Rose-Hulman.
Junior Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker)
rounded out the double figure scorers with 10 points, eight
rebounds and six blocked shots. Sophomore Lauren
Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf) contributed nine
Louisiana College finished 24-3 last season and showed its
strength with its second half run. Janet Butler led three
Wildcats in double figures with 19 points. Tillisha Givens
had 15 points and 14 rebounds, with Natosha Gottlieb recording 15
Louisiana College jumped out to a 32-20 lead with 4:57
left in the first half. Senior Nicole Klass
(Evansville/North) opened an Engineer rally with a
three-pointer, and Davey scored the last five points of the first
half to make the score 34-31 at the break.
The Wildcats maintained a 39-33 advantage, before a basket
from Meadows, a three-pointer by Davey and two free throws from
junior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) put
Rose-Hulman ahead 40-39 with 12:31 left.
Rose-Hulman regained the lead at 45-43 on a layup by
Davey, before the Wildcats answered with a 14-4 run to begin taking
control late in the second half.
Rose-Hulman dropped to 0-2 on the season and travels to
Webster University in St. Louis on Tuesday night. Louisiana
College stands 2-0 following the victory.