TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology clinched a bid to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament despite falling 83-57 to Hanover College on Saturday.
The Fightin' Engineers needed losses by Anderson to Mount St. Joseph and Bluffton to Transylvania to qualify for the HCAC Tournament. Both scenarios occurred, so Rose-Hulman will head to Franklin College for the tournament on Friday.
Rose-Hulman honored senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) prior to the game and she led all scorers with 24 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) added 15 points and four rebounds on a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line.
Hanover clinched at least a share of the conference title with the victory. Alicia Hopkins scored 17 points, and Natalie Morse pitched in with 13 for the Panthers. Hanover finishes the regular season at 20-4 overall and 16-2 in conference games.
Hanover shot 50% from the field in the game and outscored the Engineers 45-28 in the second half to earn the victory.
Rose-Hulman squares off with Manchester College in the first round of the HCAC Tournament on Friday at 8 p.m. at Franklin.