Women's Basketball Handles Defiance

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Dickerson-DCTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) became the college's career leader in assists as the Engineers cruised past Defiance 60-33 in women's basketball action on Saturday.

Dickerson led the Engineers with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks.  She reached the career total of 322 assists to pass Suzy Carlson for the top spot on the all-time list.

Dickerson has also become the first women's or men's player in school history to cross 1,200 points, 700 rebounds and 300 assists.

Freshman Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) added 13 points, with sophomore Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) contributing 12 points.

Other key contributors for Rose-Hulman included sophomore Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) with six points and six rebounds; and freshman Grace Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) with five points and nine rebounds.

Erica King led the Defiance offense with 19 points off the bench.

Rose-Hulman held the Yellow Jackets to just 12% shooting in the first half and built a 21-2 lead at the 7:00 mark.  Dickerson and Williams combined for 16 of the 21 points, and the Fightin' Engineers held Defiance scoreless for 12 minutes.

In the second half, Defiance trimmed the margin to 19 points twice, but Rose-Hulman was able to use its defensive effort to pull away and secure the win.

The contest was also Rose-Hulman's Breast Cancer Awareness Day, with all proceeds from the day donated to the Wabash Valley Breast Cancer Survivors Organization.  More than 40 cancer survivors were introduced to the crowd prior to the game.

Rose-Hulman improved to 8-15 overall and 6-10 in league play, while Defiance dropped to 10-13 and 8-8 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Earlham College on Wednesday.