Defensive Effort Leads Anderson Over Rose-Hulman

Dickerson-AUBOX SCORE

ANDERSON, IND. -- Anderson University relied on a strong defensive effort to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 48-39 in women's basketball action on Wednesday night.

Amy Wuestefeld led the balanced Ravens scoring attack with 10 points.  Kate Harwick and Jenna Wittenberg scored eight points each for the Ravens.

Senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) led the Engineers with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.  Freshman Grace Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) provided support with nine points.

Rose-Hulman led 4-3 three minutes into the game on a score by Dickerson, before Anderson responded with a 10-2 run to gain a 13-6 lead midway through the half.  Rose-Hulman closed to within one point at 14-13 on two free throws by freshman Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) at the 5:24 mark.

Anderson closed the first half with an 11-2 run to take a 25-15 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, Anderson held a 10-point lead at 29-19, but the Engineers again rallied to within 29-23 on a score by Gibbs with 12:24 left.  The Ravens relied on their defense to push the lead to 37-27 at the 7:45 mark.

Rose-Hulman was unable to close within less than six points, but Anderson was never able to lead by more than 11 down the stretch of the 48-39 contest.

Anderson improved to 8-12 overall and 5-8 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 6-14 and 4-9 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. home matchup against Transylvania.