DEFIANCE, OHIO -- A balanced scoring attack by Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology kept the women's basketball squad within
range, but Defiance held off a second half rally to earn a 66-54
victory on Saturday.
Senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) led
Rose-Hulman with 21 points and 12 rebounds for her second
Freshman Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.)
reached double figures with 12 points and contributed four
rebounds. Freshman Grace Gibbs (Parker,
Colo./Ponderosa) pitched in with eight points and nine
Other key contributors included freshman Chris Rollins
(Springfield, Ohio) with seven points and three rebounds;
and sophomore Kelsey Ploof (Noblesvlle) with six
points, three assists and two rebounds in her season debut.
Hannah Harshman led the Defiance offense with 21 points.
Kim Comden also reached double figures with 12 points in the
balanced Yellow Jacket attack.
Rose-Hulman battled to hit 80% of a season-high 30 free throws
attempts to remain within striking distance. The Engineers
also won the rebounding battle by a 38-35 margin.
Defiance led 10-4 early, before Rose-Hulman rallied to knot the
score at 14-14 with 6:30 left in the first half on a layup by
Williams. Defiance answered with a 13-2 run to gain a 27-16
lead to help take a 31-20 edge into the break.
In the second half, Rose-Hulman turned a double-digit deficit
into a 49-41 score on a conventional three-pointer by Dickerson at
the 8:40 mark. The Yellow Jackets answerd with a 13-7 spurt
to gain a 62-48 lead and secure the victory.
Defiance improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in league play, while
Rose-Hulman stands 0-4 and 0-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference play. The Fightin' Engineers travel to Manchester
College on Wednesday.