NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) became
the ninth member of the women's basketball 1,000-point club to
highlight a narrow 46-43 women's basketball loss at Manchester
College on Wednesday night.
Dickerson surpassed the 1,000-mark with her seventh point of the
night and has now scored 1,014 points in her Rose-Hulman
Manchester held a 12-point lead at 39-27 with 5:48 remaining
after a score by Laine Mello. Rose-Hulman answered with six
straight points to move within 39-33 on two free throws by junior
Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) at the 2:50 mark.
The deficit was trimmed to two points at 41-39 on scores by
Dickerson at the 1:44 mark and again by Dickerson with 30 seconds
left. Manchester hit two free throws, before a Dickerson
layup brought Rose-Hulman within 43-41 with 16 seconds left.
Caitlyn Ailor buried two free throws to make Manchester's lead
increase to 45-41, but freshman Sheree Williams (Bluffton,
S.C.) scored with seven seconds left to bring Rose-Hulman
Abby Schweitzer made one of two free throws to give Manchester a
46-43 lead. The Spartans committed a foul with two seconds
remaining to prevent a game-tying three-point try. Williams
missed the free throw and Manchester secured the rebound to clinch
Williams scored eight points with seven rebounds for
Rose-Hulman. Finnell joined sophomore Kelsey Ploof
(Noblesville) with seven points.
Mello scored a team-high 12 points for Manchester. Erynn
Meiklejohn also reached double figures with 10 points for the
Manchester improved to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to
0-5. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on Saturday with
a 1 p.m. home matchup against Bluffton.