TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology narrowly missed a five-foot off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer in overtime to fall in heartbreaking fashion 51-49 to Anderson University in women's basketball action on Wednesday night.
Anderson led 51-49 with 12 seconds left and gained possession after a rebounds by Hannah Wickard. The ball was knocked out of bounds, and the Ravens were forced to run an inbounds play.
Rose-Hulman sophomore Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) stole the inbounds pass with 12 seconds left, and the Fightin' Engineers called timeout with 2.8 seconds left to set up their final shot. Senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) had an off-balance, well-defended five-foot shot in the lane just rim out at the buzzer as the Ravens held on to earn the 51-49 win.
Amy Wuestefeld led the winning Ravens with 19 points. Hannah Wickard added 13 points and 14 rebounds in a double-double for Anderson.
Dickerson scored a team-high 18 points with six rebounds and four steals for Rose-Hulman. Sophomore Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) added her fourth straight double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Finnell contributed six points, four assists, two blocks and two steals in 43 minutes.
Rose-Hulman relied on a key jumper by freshman Grace Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) to tie the score at 45-45 with 27 seconds left in regulation. Melissa Stachovic missed a three-pointer, and Rose-Hulman had a chance to win the game on its final possession.
The Fightin' Engineers had 5.4 seconds to travel the length of the court. Freshman Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) caught a pass and drove to the basket, but her shot attempt fell short at the buzzer.
In overtime, the game was tied for the 12th and 13th times at 47-47 and 49-49 on scores by Dickerson and Finnell. Wuestefeld provided the final points on a score in the lane with 36 seconds left.
Anderson improved to 6-8 overall and 3-4 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 5-9 overall and 3-4 in HCAC games. The Fightin' Engineers travel to Transylvania University on Saturday at 1 p.m.