TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
sophomore Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) scored 16
second half points, including the last three points of the game, to
help the Engineers top Earlham 49-47 in women's basketball action
Ploof finished 9-14 from the field and 4-6 from the free throw
line in a 22-point, 10-rebound effort that marked her second
Senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
pitched in with 12 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five
blocks to provide depth for the Engineers.
Defensively, Rose-Hulman held Earlham to just 27% from the field
for the game and 22% in the first half to build a 24-18 lead at the
Earlham held a 47-46 lead on a free throw by Charvonne Long with
1:05 remaining. Ploof scored in the lane on a pass from
freshman Grace Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa)
with 49 seconds left to give Rose-Hulman a 48-47 edge.
Nikki Darrett was blocked by Dickerson on the next Earlham
possession, but Danielle Altman grabbed the rebound and had a
chance to give the Quakers the lead. Her shot in the lane
fell short and was rebounded by Ploof, who was fouled with 14.2
Ploof made one of two free throws to push Rose-Hulman ahead
49-47. Following a Quaker timeout, Bria Sneed missed a well
defended eight-foot shot in the lane as time expired to lift
Rose-Hulman to the victory.
Junior Heather Finnell (Decatur,
Tenn./Cleveland) added six points, with Gibbs contributing
five points and four assists for the Engineers.
Darrett scored a team-high 14 points for Earlham. Sneed
contributed nine points to the Quaker effort.
Rose-Hulman improved to 4-8 overall and 2-3 in Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference play with its second consecutive
win. Earlham dropped to 3-9 overall and 1-4 in league
games. The Fightin' Engineers host Mount St. Joseph on
Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hulbert Arena.