FRANKLIN, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned the first women's basketball postseason win in program history with a 48-37 victory in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday night.
Senior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and freshman Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) scored 16 points each to lead the Engineers. Dickerson grabbed 12 rebounds and Williams had seven.
Freshman Heather Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) also reached double figures with 11 points.
Erynn Meiklejohn had 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Manchester effort.
Rose-Hulman won the game with defense, holding Manchester to just 21% from the field for the game. The Spartans were also just 2-15 from three-point range.
The victory marks Rose-Hulman's first in postseason history in their eighth trip to a conference tournament. The Engineers led 22-17 at the half, then built the lead to double figures and never trailed.
Rose-Hulman improved to 9-17 on the season, while Manchester finished the campaign at 17-9. The Fightin' Engineers return to action in the HCAC Semifinal Game against Hanover on Saturday at 5.