Hot Shooting Leads Women's Basketball Past MSJ



johnson-marianTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology shot 54% from the field and placed three players in double figures to defeat Mount St. Joseph 62-45 in women's basketball action on Saturday.

The Fightin' Engineers shot 59% from the field in the first to gain a 14-point lead at the break, then kept a double-figure advantage throughout the second half.

Rose-Hulman earned its third straight victory and moved into sole possession of sixth position in the HCAC standings, with six teams set to qualify for next month's conference tournament.

Freshman Addie Johnson (Caledonia, Mich./Catholic Central) led the offensive effort with 17 points.  Sophomore Gracie Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) added 12 points and 11 rebounds. 

Freshman Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield) also reached double figures with 10 points.  Tara Dennis had a team-high 15 points for Mount St. Joseph.

Prior to the game, Rose-Hulman honored more than 50 local cancer survivors in a pregame ceremony.  All proceeds from the Breast Cancer Awareness Day Game will be donated to the Wabash Valley Breast Cancer Survivors Organization.

The Fightin' Engineers jumped out to a quick start to lead 15-7 after two straight scores by Gibbs at the 11:59 mark.  Mount St. Joseph rallied to close within two points at 17-15 after a score by Rachel Blevins.

Rose-Hulman answered by holding Mount St. Joseph to just four points over the last nine minutes of the first half, using a 16-4 run to take a 33-19 lead into the locker room.  Morris buried a three-pointer and a layup in the final minute to give the Engineers an offensive boost.

The lead remained in double figures throughout the entire second half, with Mount St. Joseph closing to within 11 points at 48-37 with 7:49 left.  The Engineers pushed the lead back to 54-37 at the 6:34 mark to secure the win.

Rose-Hulman improved to 9-10 overall and 5-7 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Mount St. Joseph stands 3-16 and 2-10 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers host Anderson University on Wednesday at 7:30.