FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's basketball team extended their current winning streak to a season-high seven games Wednesday night after a 45-36 victory over Franklin College.
The women jumped out to a slow start and trailed the Grizzlies 12-7 after the first quarter. Franklin used an 8-0 run after Rose scored the first basket of the game and held the Fightin' Engineers scoreless for over five minutes in the period. In the second quarter RHIT used a 9-0 run themselves to take a 16-12 advantage midway through the period. The Fightin' Engineers used stingy defense to hold FC off of the scoreboard for seven and a half minutes; Franklin did not score until 2:24 remained in the quarter. After outscoring the Grizzlies 13-6 in the period, the Fightin' Engineers led 20-18 at halftime.
Both teams went back-and-forth after halftime as neither team gained more than a three-point lead. Franklin led 33-31 with 29 seconds left in the frame but sophomore Ally Bromenschenkel sunk a layup at the buzzer to even the score at 33. Rose-Hulman used superb defense in the fourth quarter to seal fifth HCAC road victory of the season. The Fightin' Engineers held the Grizzlies to just three points in fourth quarter. The Fightin' Engineers used a 12-0 run over the first seven and a half minutes to secure win.
Junior Alyzia Dilworth led Rose-Hulman with a career-high 19 points on the strength of 7-11 shooting from the floor. She was also 4-4 from the charity stripe.
With the win the women improve to 17-3, 12-1 HCAC. The Fightin' Engineers will be back in action on Saturday February 4 when RHIT hosts Mount St. Joseph at 1 p.m.