Women's Basketball Tops MSJ for Third Straight Win


morris-muCINCINNATI, OHIO -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology earned its third straight women's basketball victory with a 53-43 win at Mount St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Fightin' Engineers matched their longest winning streak since the team's 20-win season in 2006-07.

Freshman Addie Johnson (Caledonia, Mich./Catholic Central) led three Rose-Hulman players in double figures with a career-high 19 points.  Johnson finished 6-11 from the field and a perfect 7-7 on the free throw line with six rebounds and four assists.

Junior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville) also reached double figures with 11 points on 4-5 from the field.  Freshman Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield) pitched in a career-high 10 points for the balanced scoring attack.

Freshman Andi Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) added seven points and four rebounds, with freshman Cassidy Cain (Noblesville) contributing four points, six rebounds and three assists.

Melanie Monahan was the lone Mount St. Joseph player to reach double figures with 10 points.  The Fightin' Engineers relied on defense in the victory, holding the Lions to just 33% from the field.

Rose-Hulman jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, before Mount St. Joseph took an 11-7 lead with an 11-2 run.  A three-pointer by Morris and a score by Evers gave the Engineers the lead once again at 18-13 with 10:14 left in the first half.

Mount St. Joseph answered to take a 21-18 lead with 3:55 left in the first half, before Rose-Hulman ended the opening 20 minutes on a 6-0 run that featured two baskets by Ploof in the final 1:02.

In the second half, a three-pointer by Morris and a conventional three-point play by Johnson at the 14:31 mark put Rose-Hulman ahead 35-26.  The Engineers maintained control from that point on, with the lead reaching 14 points at 51-37 on two free throws by Cain at the 4:03 mark.

Rose-Hulman improved to 6-7 on the season and 2-4 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with the victory, while Mount St. Joseph fell to 3-10 and 2-4.  The Fightin' Engineers travel to Anderson University on Wednesday night.