TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's basketball team heads into conference play Saturday when the Fightin' Engineers travel to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Transylvania University Saturday.
The Engineers (1-4, 0-0 HCAC) will tip off with the 2012-13 HCAC regular-season champion Pioneers (3-1, 1-0) beginning at 1 p.m. at Transylvania's Beck Center in Lexington, Ky.
Rose-Hulman is fresh off its first victory of the season after defeating crosstown rival Saint Mary-of-the Woods 74-54 in the annual Clabber Girl Trophy Game Dec. 4 in Terre Haute. The Engineers saw three different players reach double-figure scoring in the game, led by junior Andi Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and freshman Kristen Belyea (Mahomet, Ill./Mahomet Seymour), who netted 11 points each.
It was a breakout game for Belyea, who scored a career-high after recording just three minutes of playing time in the Engineers' first four contests.
Senior Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis, Ind./Brebeuf) added 10 points and freshman Josie Schmidt (Eighty Four, Pa./Ringgold) chipped in a career-high six points and 10 rebounds in the victory, which marked the second straight win over the Pomeroys in the 21-game series.
Senior forward Kelsey Ploof (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) enters Saturday's contest as the Engineers leader in both scoring and rebounds at 8.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Ploof's rebound average stands as the third-best in the HCAC and is a major reason why the Engineers lead the conference in rebound margin, at a +7.4 advantage.
Rose-Hulman also ranks atop the conference standings in scoring defense (57.2 points per contest) and 3-point defense (21.3 percent).
Transylvania enters Saturday's game with a conference win under its belt after Wednesday's 78-56 victory at Mount St. Joseph. The Pioneers saw five players reach double figures in the win, led by 2013 HCAC Player of the Year Nicole Coffman's 21 points.
Coffman leads the Pioneers in scoring with 23.0 points per contest and teammate Katelyn Smith adds 16.5 points per game. Transylvania leads the conference in scoring at 82.0 points per game, while holding opponents to 67.0 points per contest (fourth).
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The Engineers return to Hulbert Arena Wednesday, Dec. 11, for a 7:30 p.m. HCAC matchup with Anderson University.
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