LEXINGTON, Ky. - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology made a big statement on Saturday afternoon with a 69-58 road win over Transylvania University. Transylvania was selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason favorites to win the league this year while Rose-Hulman, winners of last year's HCAC regular season and HCAC tournament titles, was picked to finish second.
Rose-Hulman got off to a solid start in the opening period, outscoring the Pioneers 16-10. Junior Abby Bromenschenkel got the scoring started for Rose, knocking down a three-pointer on the team's first possession. Bromenschenkel scored five of her 14 points in the opening frame. Senior Alyzia Dilworth helped spearhead an early run in the first quarter that saw the Fightin' Engineers lead by as much as nine as she scored seven of her game-high 21 points in the opening frame.
Rose-Hulman used strong defense in the second 10 minutes of action to maintain a steady advantage over the Pioneers. In the first half, Transylvania shot just 27.3% (6-22) from the floor and the Pios were just 3-14 (21.4%) from three-point territory. Rose-Hulman dominated the boards in the first half, outrebounding TU 24-9. RHIT led 25-18 at the intermission.
Rose-Hulman carried its defensive momentum into the third quarter, limiting the Pioneers to just 11 points. RHIT pieced together several offensive possessions scoring 18 points in the quarter to build a 14-point advantage at 43-29.
The Fightin' Engineers did not let off the gas pedal as Rose opened the fourth quarter with a pair of threes from juniors Taylor Graham and Chiarra Franklin to extend their advantage to 49-31. The Pioneers made a run midway through the quarter as they managed to trim Rose-Hulman's lead down to nine, however, RHIT answered the bell with a three from the left corner from junior Ally Bromenschenkel. Both teams played nearly even the remainder of the quarter as both the Pioneers and Engineers got up and down the floor, scoring a combined 55 points in the period.
Alyzia Dilworth led RHIT with 21 points. She made 10 of 12 foul shot attempts. Chiarra Franklin added 12 points and eight boards off the bench. Ally Bromenschenkel added 12 points and seven rebounds. Abby Bromenschenkel chipped in 14 points and six boards.
For the game Rose-Hulman shot 43.8% (21-48) from the floor and 53.8% (7-13) from downtown. The Fightin' Engineers came into Saturday's game shooting just 63% as a team from the foul line, but Rose made good use of the charity stripe, shooting 80% (20-25) for the game. Rose held Transylvania to 39.6% (19-48) shooting from the field and just 30.4% (7-23) shooting from beyond the three-point arc. RHIT also dominated the glass, outrebounding the Pioneers 35-20.
Saturday's win over Transylvania was RHIT's sixth straight win in the series and it improved Rose-Hulman's record to 6-3, 3-0 HCAC. TU lost for the second time this week and fell to 3-3, 1-2 HCAC. Rose-Hulman will play again on Tuesday December 12 against non-conference foe Birmingham-Southern. Tipoff against BSC is set for 7 p.m. in Hulbert Arena.