Women's Basketball Earns Key Win Over Bluffton



ploof-buTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed three players in double figures to top Bluffton University 53-47 in women's basketball action on Saturday.

Freshman Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield) scored a career-high 14 points to lead the Fightin' Engineer offensive attack.  Junior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) added her ninth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Addie Johnson (Caledonia, Mich./Catholic Central) came off the bench to also reach double figures with 10 points.  Sophomore Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) scored seven points, and sophomore Gracie Gibbs (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) scored five points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Brooke Ruffer led the Bluffton offense with 15 points and seven rebounds.  The Fightin' Engineers held the Beavers to just 33% shooting in the game and won the rebounding margin 35-28 to secure their seventh win of the season.

The two teams battled to an early 12-12 tie, before a free throw from Ploof, a jumper by Morris and a three-pointer by freshman Cassidy Cain (Noblesville) gave the Engineers an 18-14 edge at the 7:28 mark of the first half.

Rose-Hulman kept the late first half march going with a 12-2 run to take a 30-18 lead after a three-pointer by Morris at the 2:13 mark, helping the Engineers lead 30-21 at the break.

Bluffton rallied to within 32-31, before another Morris three-pointer and a score by sophomore Emily Fuhs (Jasper/Northeast Dubois) helped Rose-Hulman gain a 38-32 edge.  The Beavers trimmed the margin to three points at 50-47 in the final minute, but two free throws by Williams and one by Johnson secured the win.

Rose-Hulman stands 7-10 overall and 3-7 in league play, while Bluffton has a 9-8 record and is 4-6 in conference games.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Manchester on Wednesday.