TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The second cycle of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play continues for both Rose-Hulman and Franklin. Both teams will meet for the second time this season this Wednesday February 1 at the Spurlock Center in Franklin, Ind at 7:30 p.m. The Fightin' Engineers and Grizzlies met previously back on December 7, with RHIT winning that matchup by a final score 56-48 in Terre Haute.
The women extended their current winning streak to six games this past weekend at Bluffton, beating the Beavers 49-47 in a clash of HCAC frontrunners. After trailing for majority of the game the women wrestled the lead in their favor with just over a minute remaining in the contest. The Fightin' Engineers' defense stood tall on the final possession of the game as a Bluffton three to win it misfired at the buzzer. So far this season Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has posted two separate winning streaks of six games. The Fightin' Engineers will look to change that Wednesday.
In the first matchup between both institutions, Rose-Hulman jumped out to an early 20-6 lead, and the Fighitn' Engineers never trailed in the contest. RHIT outrebounded Franklin 44-30. Abby and Ally Bromenschenkel, as well as Taylor Graham, all finished in double figures (14, 10, and 12 points respectively).
Seniors Josie Schmidt and Abbie Marshall have been integral members of this year's team. Schmidt is averaging 7.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Schmidt scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win at Bluffton Saturday. Marshall is averaging 6.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg. The 5'10" wing is also leading the team with 2.7 assists per game. Junior Alyzia Dilworth has started every game this season at the guard position. The veteran defender is second on the team in scoring at 8.1 ppg and is also averaging 4.0 rpg.
Franklin has won back-to-back games entering Wednesday's contest. The Grizzlies have a very balanced attack offensively with no players averaging more than nine points per game. Lauren DeSutter leads the team with 8.4 ppg. FC has 10 players averaging between three and nine points per game.