NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's basketball team forced overtime Saturday afternoon at Manchester, but RHIT's late rally fell short as the Fighitn' Engineers were edged by the Spartans by a final score of 57-53.
Manchester was strong defensively limiting Rose-Hulman to just six points in the opening quarter. The Fightin' Engineers shot only 37.7% for the game (23-61) and only 13.3% from behind the three-point arc (2-15). Rose-Hulman led 2-0 to start the game but did not lead again until the 4:16 mark in overtime at 49-47. The Spartans tied the game back up on their very next possession and used 10-4 run to end the game.
Sophomore Chiarra Franklin came off the bench and scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Her jump shot with 17 seconds left in regulation forced overtime. Junior Alyzia Dilworth scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds, and handed out four assists. Sophie Brooks came off the bench and added seven points on 3-6 shooting including 1-2 from three. Freshman Hannah Woody also came off the bench and added four points and one assist.
Rose-Hulman out rebounded Manchester 35-31 and scored 14 points off of 13 Spartan turnovers. However Manchester made 20 of 27 free throws on the afternoon, Rose-Hulman was just 5 of 7.
With the loss RHIT drops to 10-3 in 2016-17 and 5-1 in Heartland Conference play. The women will be back in action on Wednesday January 11 when the Fightin' Engineers play host to Anderson. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m.