TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rallied from a double-digit deficit to within five points late, but St. Mary-of-the-Woods held on to retain the Clabber Girl Trophy in a 51-41 decision on Tuesday night.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods retained the Clabber Girl Trophy for the third consecutive year and increased its overall series lead to 14-5.
Chelsea Barron led three Pomeroys in double figures with 14 points. Lyndsi Woolems scored 12 points, and Brittany Shaner added 11 for St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
Rose-Hulman senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) led all scorers with 23 points and had her 18th career double-double with 10 rebounds.
Freshmen Grace Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) and Chris Rollins (Springfield, Ohio) added six points each. Gibbs grabbed 11 rebounds, while Rollins added six boards.
Sophomore Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) pitched in with four points and nine rebounds.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods held a 17-14 halftime lead after a hard fought defensive minded first half. The Fightin' Engineers earned their first lead of the day at 25-24 on two free throws by Dickerson with 10:52 remaining.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods answered with a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes to gain a 41-29 edge on a layup by Barron at the 3:36 mark. Rose-Hulman answered with an 8-2 run to close within 43-37 on two free throws and a layup by Dickerson at the 1:58 mark.
The lead was cut to five points at 45-40 on a three-pointer by Dickerson at the 1:26 mark. St. Mary-of-the-Woods hit four straight free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
St. Mary-of-the-Woods stands 3-2 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 0-3. The Fightin' Engineers return to action at Defiance College on Saturday.