BLUFFTON, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to close
within six late, but Bluffton University withstood the charge to
earn a 59-50 women's basketball victory on Saturday.
Freshman Addie Johnson (Caledonia, Mich./Catholic
Central) led the Fightin' Engineer offense with 15 points
and six rebounds off the bench. Junior Lauren Meadows
(Indianapolis/Brebeuf) added 10 points with three
Junior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) contributed
eight points and 11 rebounds to Rose-Hulman's effort, while
freshman Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield)
pitched in with seven points.
Brooke Ruffer led the Bluffton attack with 22 points and six
rebounds. Rachel DeBord provided depth with 17 points for the
Rose-Hulman jumped out to an early 11-7 lead on a layup by
Meadows at the 15:43 mark. Freshman Cassidy Cain
(Noblesville) helped the Engineers regain the lead at
19-17 on a three-pointer at the 10:31 mark.
Bluffton answered with nine straight points to take a 26-19 lead
and earned a 33-28 at the break. In the second half, the
Beavers continued a push to build a 44-28 lead at the 16:27
Rose-Hulman answered with a 10-2 run to close within 46-38 on
two free throws by sophomore Sheree Williams (Bluffton,
S.C.) at the 10:22 mark. Meadows brought the
Engineers within 48-42 on another score at the 7:02 mark.
Down the stretch, Rose-Hulman closed to within six points at
52-46 on another score by Meadows. Bluffton relied on steady
free throw shooting in the final two minutes to withstand the
Bluffton improved to 5-2 and 1-2 in Heartland
Collegiate Athletic Conference play on the season, while
Rose-Hulman stands 2-4 and 0-3 in league contests. The
Fightin' Engineers host St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Tuesday
night at Hulbert Arena.