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
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
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
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.