Women's Basketball Tops Earlham, Moves to 5-7


ploof-dcRICHMOND, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 5-7 on the women's basketball season with a 65-58 victory at Earlham College on Wednesday night. 

Junior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) led a balanced scoring attack that featured three players in double figures.  Ploof earned an impressive 17-point, 14-rebound double-double to lead the Rose-Hulman offense.

Freshman Addie Johnson (Caledonia, Mich./Catholic Central) tied a career-high with 15 points, along with four assists and three rebounds.  Freshman Cassidy Cain (Noblesville) added a career-high 13 points to the scoring effort.

Other key contributors for the Engineers included sophomore Sheree Williams (Bluffton, S.C.) with seven points and four rebounds; freshman Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield) with five points; and freshman Andi Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) with four points.

Bria Sneed lead all scorers with 26 points for Earlham, but Rose-Hulman forced the standout to attempt 25 field goals in the contest.  The Fightin' Engineers shot 48% from the field and took advantage of 11 offensive rebounds to earn the win. 

In the first half, Rose-Hulman held a 15-14 lead before enjoying a 17-2 run to claim a 31-16 advantage.  Williams buried a three-pointer, Ploof scored six points and Johnson added five in the spurt.

The Engineers continued to pile on the points in the second half, pushing the lead to 40-20 on a layup by Johnson at the 16:27 mark.  The lead reached as high as 23 points at 45-22 with 15:14 remaining.

Earlham pushed back to trim the margin down to 59-54 in the final minute.  Two free throws from Evers, two more by Ploof and two by Cain sealed the victory.

The win marked Rose-Hulman's second consecutive victory and first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory of the season.  Rose-Hulman stands 5-7 and returns to action at Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.