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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – With Wednesday’s upset victory over Franklin, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s basketball team has put itself in the driver’s seat to earn a berth into the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Fightin’ Engineers (9-15, 7-10 HCAC) will need a victory when it travels to Mount St. Joseph Saturday in its regular-season finale to guarantee a spot in the HCAC postseason tournament for the fourth straight season.

Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at MSJ’s Harrington Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Wednesday, the Engineers used a career-high 25 points from sophomore Carrie Morris (Altadena, Calif./Mayfield) and 12 points from freshman Abbie Marshall (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) to help lift RHIT to a 65-61 home victory over Franklin. The win snapped a three-game skid against the Grizzlies, who are currently third in the HCAC standings.

Mount St. Joseph (3-21, 3-14 HCAC) enters Saturday’s contest fresh off a 74-60 victory over Anderson University Wednesday. Tara Dennis finished the game with a double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Heidi McManus led the Lions with 21 points in the victory.

The Engineers won the last matchup between the two teams, defeating MSJ 64-48 at Hulbert Arena Jan. 18. Senior Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) led RHIT with 14 points and seven rebounds and freshman Jamie Loving (Normal, Ill./Normal West) added 11 points in the win.

Rose-Hulman holds a 15-5 all-time series over the Lions, which began in 2001. The Engineers have won the last seven meetings against MSJ.

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If the Engineers earn an HCAC Tournament berth, the first round begins Feb. 28 with site and opponent to be determined.