Rose-Hulman Captures Clabber Girl Trophy


meadows-dc2TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology reclaimed the Clabber Girl Trophy for the first time since 2008 with an 80-74 women's basketball victory over St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Tuesday at Hulbert Arena.

Junior Lauren Meadows led four Rose-Hulman players in double figures with a career-high 23 points.  Junior Kelsey Ploof added a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Engineers.

Freshman Addie Johnson joined Meadows by matching a career-high point total with 15 points.  Freshman Andi Evers rounded out the Rose-Hulman double figure scorers with a career-high 12 points.

Senior Brittany Shaner led the St. Mary-of-the-Woods attack with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.  Chelsea Weaver and Kristina Bruce joined Shaner in double figures with 13 and 11 points.

The even contest featured Rose-Hulman with a narrow edge in rebounds (43 to 42) and turnovers (25 to 28), but seven blocked shots and 44% shooting from the field kept The Woods within striking distance.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 14-2 lead at the 15:24 mark of the first half on back-to-back three-pointers by Evers and two layups by Johnson.  The Pomeroys quickly closed to within five points at 16-11 on a basket by Shaner at the 12:46 mark.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods continued the charge and took a 21-20 lead at the 8:21 mark on scores by Shaner and weaver.  Rose-Hulman scored four straight points to take a 28-24 lead on two free throws by Ploof, before
Shaner knotted the score at 30-30 with two free throws at the 2:25 mark.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods appeared to take a lead into the locker room following a score by Sierra Lopez at the 19-second mark of the first half that put the Pomeroys ahead 34-32.  Freshman Cassidy Cain answered with a three-pointer on the final possession to give Rose-Hulman a 35-34 lead at the break.

In the second half, Rose-Hulman maintained a narrow margin for the first five minutes before two free throws from Johnson gave the Engineers a 58-51 edge with 12:21 remaining.  The lead hit nine points at 64-55 on a layup by Meadows and again at 68-59 with 7:54 left on a score by Johnson.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods charged back to within five points on two occasions.  Weaver hit a free throw to make the score 71-66 at the 4:41 mark, with Shaner adding a conventional three-point play with 1:58 left to bring the score to 75-70.

Following an Engineer turnover, Brandi McDaniel scored in the paint to bring St. Mary-of-the-Woods within 75-72 with 1:33 remaining.  Johnson answered with two free throws at the 57-second mark, then after a missed three-pointer by Shaner, Cain hit two more charity stripe tosses to give Rose-Hulman a 79-72 edge with 41 seconds left.

Rose-Hulman improved to 3-4 on the season, while St. Mary-of-the-Woods dropped to 2-9.  Rose-Hulman also closed the all-time Clabber Girl Trophy Series to within 14-6 with the victory.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action at home against Hanover College on Saturday.