TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman women's
basketball team has been selected to finish sixth in the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, in a
preseason poll of league coaches released Tuesday.
Hanover College and Franklin College were picked first and
second, respectively, with just two poll points
separating the two squads.
Transylvania was picked third, with Manchester and
Defiance rounding out the top five. Rose-Hulman was picked
sixth, with Bluffton, Mount St. Joseph, Anderson and Earlham
rounding out the poll.
The top six teams will qualify for the HCAC Tournament in
February. Last season, Rose-Hulman earned its first
postseason victory in women's basketball history with a win over
Manchester in the first round of the HCAC Tournament.
Rose-Hulman features the return of four starters and
seven letter winners from the 2011-12 squad this winter.
Returning starters include juniors Heather Finnell
(Decatur, Tenn./Cleveland) and Kelsey Ploof
(Noblesville), along with sophomore Grace Gibbs
(Parker, Colo./Ponderosa) and Sheree Williams
The Engineers also receive a boost from the return of
senior Lauren Meadows (Indianapolis/Brebeuf/DePauw
U.) who started two seasons ago and missed last year due
Other returning letter winners for the Fightin' Engineers
include junior Jaci Dalton (Hamilton, Mich./Black
River) and sophomore Emily Fuhs (Jasper/Northeast
Dubois). The team also features seven talented
freshmen for the largest preseason team roster in the last
Rose-Hulman opens the 2012-13 season with a trip to the
Emory University Tip-off Tournament in Atlanta on Nov.