Strong Defense Leads Franklin Past R-H Women's Basketball

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TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Franklin College shot 49% from the field and relied on a strong defensive effort to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 56-39 in women’s basketball action on Wednesday night. 

Lindsay Rich led the Grizzlies with 17 points, and Krista Schott pitched in with 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals for Franklin. 

For Rose-Hulman, junior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) scored 14 points with eight rebounds to lead the offensive effort.  Sophomore Gracie Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) had eight points off the bench, and freshman Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield) added seven points to the effort. 

Rose-Hulman trailed 29-13 at the half, but battled in the second half behind a 55% shooting effort from the field.  The Engineers trimmed the deficit to 13 points at 33-20 on a layup by Morris, but Franklin answered with a 12-3 run to push the lead to 45-23 on a score by Jess Prewett at the 11:06 mark. 

Franklin improved to 13-3 overall and 7-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 6-10 and 2-7 in league games.  The Fightin’ Engineers host Bluffton University on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hulbert Arena.