Strong Defense Leads Women's Basketball Past MSJ

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CINCINNATI, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a balanced scoring attack and a strong defensive effort to earn a 55-44 women's basketball victory over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.

Senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) recorded her 23rd career double-double to lead the Engineer offense.  Dickerson scored 21 points with a game-high 12 rebounds for Rose-Hulman.

Joining Dickerson as double figure scorers were freshman Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists; and sophomore Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) with 10 points and four rebounds.

Erika Miknius led the Mount St. Joseph offense with 21 points.  Defense and rebounding were keys to the Rose-Hulman victory, as the Engineers held the Lions to 28% from the field and outrebounded MSJ by a 35-25 count.

Mount St. Joseph jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, before Rose-Hulman held the Lions scoreless for seven minutes to take a 10-5 edge on a three-pointer by Dickerson.

Mount St. Joseph trimmed the margin to 15-13, before Rose-Hulman scored the final four points of the first half and took a 19-15 lead into the locker room on a layup by Williams.

Rose-Hulman built a seven-point second half lead at 25-18, but Mount St. Joseph ran off 10 straight points to claim a 28-25 edge at the 12:27 mark.  The Engineers answered the challenge, however, by outscoring Mount St. Joseph 14-1 over the next seven minutes to earn a 39-29 lead on a free throw by Ploof at the 5:55 mark.

The Engineers maintained a lead of eight or more points down the stretch to secure the victory.

Rose-Hulman improved to 6-13 on the season and 4-8 in conference play with the victory.  Mount St. Joseph dropped to 2-17 and 2-10 in league games.  The Fightin' Engineers hit the road again on Wednesday for a matchup at Anderson University.