Late Rally Falls Short in Women's Loss at Anderson


ploof-muANDERSON, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology rallied from an 11-point deficit to close within three points late, but Anderson University held on to earn a 64-57 women's basketball victory on Wednesday night.

Junior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) led the Fightin' Engineers with an impressive double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds.  Freshman Addie Johnson (Caledonia, Mich./Catholic Central) paced the team in scoring with 15 points.

Freshman Cassidy Cain (Noblesville), freshman Andi Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and sophomore Gracie Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) pitched in with six points each.

Jenna Wittenberg came off the bench to lead the Anderson attack with 19 points.  Ashley Wuestefeld added 12 points, and Amy Wuestefeld scored 10 points for the Ravens.

Rose-Hulman held an early 13-11 lead on a score by freshman Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield) at the 13:04 mark of the first half.  Anderson responded with a 13-2 run that put the Ravens ahead 24-15.

The Fightin' Engineers closed to within five points late in the first half, but a three-pointer by Ashley Wuestefeld gave Anderson a 41-30 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Ravens led 44-33 at the 18:38 mark, but Rose-Hulman rattled off 10 straight points to move within 44-43 at the 15:22 mark on a layup by Ploof.  A conventional three-point play by Ploof put Rose-Hulman ahead 46-45 with 14:00 left.

Anderson answered with a 13-2 run to regain a 58-48 lead on two free throws by Wittenberg at the 7:39 mark.  The lead reached 10 points at 60-50 with 5:36 left, before Rose-Hulman used two free throws, a layup by Gibbs and a three-pointer by Cain to close within 60-57 at the 2:19 mark.

Anderson scored the game's final four points to secure the win.

Rose-Hulman stands 6-8 on the season and 2-5 in league play, while Anderson improved to 4-10 and 3-4 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers host Transylvania University on Saturday at 1 p.m.