HANOVER, Ind. - The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's basketball team used a stout defensive effort and a balanced offensive attack to knock off Heartland Conference opponent Hanover College 68-42 on Tuesday night in Collier Arena.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the first period of play. Rose-Hulman jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the contest. However the Panthers were able to force six Rose-Hulman turnovers and got the Fightin' Engineers into foul trouble. Hanover converted five of their eight free-throw attempts in the first stanza. After the first period RHIT held a by five, 13-8.
Rose-Hulman found their stride offensively in the second quarter outscoring the Panthers 19-11. Senior Abbie Marshall had a big first half scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Marshall made four of five field goals in the first half, making both of her three-point attempts. Junior Alyzia Dilworth added eight points in the opening two quarters of play including a pair of triples. The Fightin' Engineers outrebounded the Panthers 27-12 in the opening half. Rose-Hulman led 32-19 at halftime.
In the third quarter Rose-Hulman held a steady double-digit advantage, leading by at least 10 points the entire quarter. Hanover got within 10 points midway through the period but Rose-Hulman ended the frame on a 9-4 run to grab a 52-35 lead heading into the last period of play.
Rose-Hulman wore down the host Panthers, outscoring Hanover 16-7 in the final stanza. RHIT's defense stood tall all night limiting Hanover to just 24.1% shooting (14 of 58). The Fightin Engineers shot 27 of 61 good for 44.3%. Leading the way for Rose-Hulman was Alyzia Dilworth who scored a game-high 17 points and finished with eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Abbie Marshall added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Taylor Graham and Chiarra Franklin also reached double figures scoring 11 and 10 points off of the bench respectively. The Fightin' Engineers won the rebounding battle 49-37.
The win improves Rose-Hulman's record to 10-2 and 5-0 in HCAC play. Their next game will be on Saturday January 7 at Manchester. Tipoff is set for 2 pm.