Balanced Attack Leads Women's Basketball Past MSJ

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ploof-msjTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed five players in double figures and relied on a strong defensive effort to top Mount St. Joseph 71-40 in women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) led the Engineers with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds.  Sophomore Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) recorded her third straight double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) added 13 points and three assists.  Freshman Grace Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) contributed career-highs of 10 points and 15 rebounds, and sophomore Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) pitched in with 10 points.

Courtney Cole led the Mount St. Joseph offense with 11 points, and Laiken Gambill pitched in with eight points.

Rose-Hulman shot 62% from the field in the first half to build a 40-9 lead at the half.  The Engineers led 13-6 at the 9:47 mark, before a 22-1 run put Rose-Hulman ahead 35-7 with 2:44 left in the first half.  Finnell buried a three-pointer and Ploof scored six points to cap the run.

Rose-Hulman improved to 5-8 overall and 3-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with its third straight victory.  Mount St. Joseph dropped to 2-11 overall and 2-4 in league games.  Rose-Hulman returns to action with a home game against Anderson on Wednesday.