IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rallied from a 23-point
deficit to close within two points in the final minute, before
Defiance College hit four late free throws to earn a 56-50 women's
basketball win on Saturday.
Junior Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf)
keyed the rally with a team-high 19 points on 7-12 from the
field. Freshman Andi Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount
Notre Dame) added eight points and eight rebounds for
Other key contributors included freshman Cassidy Cain
(Noblesville) (pictured) with seven points, four rebounds
and four assists; junior Kelsey Ploof
(Noblesville) with five points and five rebounds; and
freshman Addie Johnson (Caledonia, Mich./Catholic
Central) with five points. Junior Jaci
Dalton (Hamilton, Mich./Black River) added four points off
Kim Comden led all scorers with 22 points for Defiance, and
Megan Zachrich also reached double figures with 10.
Defiance earned a game-high 23-point lead at 47-24 with 8:58
left on a score by Zachrich. Rose-Hulman answered with a 12-3
run to move within 50-36 on a score by Dalton at the 5:47 mark.
The rally continued as Rose-Hulman enjoyed a 14-2 spurt to move
within 52-50 on a three-pointer by Evers with 57 seconds
left. Meadows keyed the run with her own 6-0 run that
featured four free throws and a layup.
Defiance junior Erica King buried four free throws in the final
minute, and the Yellow Jackets had two defensive stops to hold on
to the victory.
Defiance improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in Heartland Collegiate
Athletic Conference play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 2-2 and 0-1
in league games. The Fightin' Engineers return to action on
Wednesday at home against Manchester on Wednesday.