TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology clinched a bid to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference Women's Basketball Tournament with a 67-49 victory over
Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.
The Fightin' Engineers have earned the No. 6 seed for the
conference tournament and will square off against Transylvania
University on Friday at 8 p.m. The tournament will be held at
Sophomore Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf)
(pictured) paced three Engineers in double figures with 18
points. Junior Alisa Dickerson (Elizabethtown,
Ky.) added 17 points, nine assists and seven
Rose-Hulman celebrated senior day for three members of the
women's basketball squad, highlighted by 17 points, 12 rebounds and
five blocks for Donna Marsh (Mobile, Ala./
Senior Nicole Klass (Evansville/North)
added three points and two rebounds, with Rebecca
Bowermaster (Wood River, Ill./Roxana) contributing two
points to the effort.
Other key contributors included freshman Heather
Finnell (Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) with seven points and
four rebounds; and freshman Kelsey Ploof
(Noblesville) with three points and seven
Abby LaRosa led Mount St. Joseph with 13 points, and
Carolyn Holt added 10 points for the Lions.
Rose-Hulman battled to a 23-21 lead at the half in a
battle of strong defenses. In the second half, the score was
tied for the 11th time at 39-39, before the Engineers scored nine
straight points to take a 48-39 advantage. Marsh scored two
layups, Dickerson added three points and Meadows capped the run
with a score at the 6:36 mark.
Mount St. Joseph maintained a nine-point deficit at 50-41,
before the Engineers went on a 10-2 run to gain a 60-43 lead and
secure the victory. Marsh hit two free throws, Meadows scored
five straight points and Dickerson buried two free throws to cap
Rose-Hulman improved to 10-15 on the season and 8-10 in
league play with the victory. Mount St. Joseph completed the
season at 6-18 overall and 6-12 in conference play.