ALBION, Mich. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won its women's basketball season opener for the first time since the 2006-07 season with a 53-45 victory at Albion College on Friday night.
Junior Abbie Marshall led a balanced Rose-Hulman attack with 11 points and nine rebounds. Junior Kristen Belyea also reached double figures with 10 points. Freshman Ally Bromenschenkel pitched in with nine points.
Rose-Hulman head coach Jon Prevo won his 100th career game to become the first women's basketball coach in program history to reach the 100-win plateau.
Olivia Savage led the Albion offense with 15 points. Darian Payne added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a 12-11 lead after the first quarter and pushed its lead to 27-19 at the half. Both teams scored 16 points in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth quarter as the Fightin' Engineers withstood several Albion challenges.
Defense was Rose-Hulman's key to victory, as the Fightin' Engineers held Albion to just 29% from the field and 21% from three-point range. The Engineers combined for a 40% shooting performance in the win.
Rose-Hulman stands 1-0 entering Saturday's second game of the Albion Invitational against Oberlin. The host Britons fell to 0-2 on the campaign.