Kurtis Zimmerman - news editor emeritus
Rose-Hulman’s women’s basketball team ran their winning streak to five games with an upset win over HCAC leader Transylvania University Saturday afternoon.
Outrebounding the Pioneers 40-18, the Lady Engineers kept their opponent’s possessions to a minimum in the 59-58 win on the road.
Freshman Addie Johnson led the Lady Engineers with 13 points and a pair of blocks, and freshman Carrie Morris added 11 points. A trio of three-pointers gave freshman Cassidy Cain nine points to add to her four assists, and junior Kelsey Ploof neared a double-double with eight points and ten rebounds.
The Engineers shot 50 percent from the field to edge out the Pioneers, who were held to just 36 percent shooting.
Following the road win, Rose continued on the road against Franklin College, who sits one game behind the Pioneers in conference play. The Engineers fell to the Grizzlies 39-56 in their meeting in Hulbert Arena earlier in the month, and despite improved defense, Rose could not outscore Franklin as they fell 32-45 in Wednesday night’s matchup on the road.
Johnson led the Lady Engineers, coming off the bench with 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior Kelsey Ploof added 10 points and six rebounds, and junior Lauren Meadows added six points off the bench in her third game back from injury.
The Lady Engineers are currently tied with Manchester University in fifth place at 7-8 in HCAC matchups. Bluffton and Anderson are close behind at 6-9 each as the four teams battle for the final two conference tournament berths. A pair of wins would clinch a spot in the tournament for the Engineers, while any less would leave their fate up to the other three teams’ finishes.
Rose will alternate away and home games, starting with a game on the road this Saturday at Defiance. Returning home next Wednesday, the Lady Engineers will look to sweep Earlham College before heading back out on the road one week from Saturday to face a strong team at Hanover College.