TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's basketball team upset perennial power Chicago 61-58 Wednesday night inside of Hulbert Arena. The Maroons of Chicago were receiving votes in the Top 25 polls earlier this week.
The Fightin' Engineers took care of the ball in the first quarter and gained an early 14-12 advantage after one period of play. However, the Maroons found their stroke from beyond the arc in the second quarter and Chicago outscored Rose-Hulman 22-12. The University of Chicago led by eight at halftime, 34-26.
After the intermission, the Fightin' Engineers clamped down defensively and handled Chicago's defensive pressure. Rose-Hulman scored the first seven points of the third quarter and trailed by just one 34-33 with 5:18 left in the period. Over the next five minutes Chicago outscored Rose-Hulman 13-10. Heading into the fourth quarter Rose-Hulman trailed 47-43.
Chicago extended their lead in the final period and held a six point advantage 53-47 at the 8:36 mark but Rose-Hulman clamped down defensively. Chicago would go six minutes without scoring and that drought allowed the Fightin' Engineers to get back into the game. At the 1:58 mark senior Abbie Marshall nailed a deep jumper in front of the Rose-Hulman bench to tie the score at 55. RHIT and Chicago traded free throws in the final minute but junior Alyzia Dilworth made two free throws with six seconds left to seal the game at 61-58. Chicago turned the ball over on their final possession.
Alyzia Dilworth led the way for Rose-Hulman with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block. Abbie Marshall netted 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had dished out three assists. Sophomore Ally Bromenschenkel added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Fightin' Engineers shot an impressive 86.7% from the foul line shooting 26-30. Chicago finished just 6-12 (50%) from the charity stripe. RHIT outrebounded the University of Chicago 52-29.
With the win the women improved to 8-2 on the season. Chicago fell to 6-2. The women will be back in action on Saturday December 17 at HCAC opponent Transylvania. Tipoff from Lexington, Ky. will be at 1 p.m.