TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The wins keep rolling in for the Rose-Hulman women's basketball team. The Fightin' Engineers upped their current winning streak to nine games Wednesday night after defeating Earlham College in Hulbert Arena by a final score of 71-21.
Rose-Hulman controlled the pace of play for the entire game and never trailed in the contest. The women shot 45.3% (24-53) from the floor. In both the second and fourth quarters, the women shot 63.6% (7-11) from the field. The Fightin' Engineers also converted a high percentage of their opportunities from the free throw line, knocking down 20 of 24 attempts, good for an 83.3% clip.
The Fightin' Engineers held Earlham to just 15.6% shooting (7-45), and forced 26 Quaker turnovers. RHIT held a significant bench advantage as the Fightin' Engineer reserves outscored the Quakers' bench 38-17. The 21 points allowed by Rose-Hulman marked the fewest given up in a conference game in women's basketball program history.
Leading a balanced effort for Rose-Hulman was Chiarra Franklin. The sophomore scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action off of the bench. Abby Bromenschenkel added 10 points in the game on the strength of 4-6 shooting and 2-3 from three-point territory. Josie Schmidt grabbed seven rebounds in the game as well. Lindsey Fagerberg tied a career-high with six points in 12 minutes of action Wednesday night. Every Engineer that entered the game scored at least 2 points.
The win improved RHIT's overall record to 19-3. The women maintain their hold over first-place in the Heartland Conference with a league record of 14-1. The women will be back in action on Saturday February 11 against Manchester. It will be Senior Day and the team will honor its two seniors: Josie Schmidt and Abbie Marshall before the start of Saturday's game. Tip is set for 2 p.m. in Hulbert Arena.