Strong Defense Leads Franklin Past Engineers



TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Franklin College relied on a strong defensive effort to defeat Rose-Hulman 60-47 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball action.

Senior Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./Baker) led the Rose-Hulman offense with 16 points and nine rebounds.  Junior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) (pictured) added a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Engineers.

Freshman Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to provide depth.  Freshman Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) and sophomore Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf) had six points and six rebounds each.

Sarah Condra scored 21 points to pace the Franklin offensive effort.  Traci Lippold added 15 points for the Grizzlies.

Franklin shot 39% from the field, and Rose-Hulman recorded a 45-27 rebounding advantage to highlight its effort.  The Grizzlies committed just six turnovers as a key to the win.

Six straight points from Marsh helped keep Rose-Hulman within 19-16 at the 7:34 mark of the first half.  Franklin answered with a 15-3 spurt to close out the half and gain a 34-19 edge.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman trimmed the deficit to within 13 points on four occasions, but could not overcome a consistent Franklin scoring attack.

Franklin improved to 14-4 overall and 8-3 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 6-12 and 4-7 in conference games.  The Engineers return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. home matchup with Transylvania University.