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January 5, 2014

Rose women even HCAC mark at 2-2

TERRE HAUTE — The Rose-Hulman women’s basketball team erased a 13-point first-half deficit and hung on to defeat visiting Bluffton 60-57 in a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup Saturday afternoon inside Hulbert Arena.

RHIT freshman Abbie Marshall hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 10 seconds and a 3-point try at the buzzer by Bluffton’s Kaitlyn Pennekamp fell short to secure the Engineers’ victory.

Marshall, senior Kelsey Ploof and freshman Ava Paruleski led RHIT with 10 points each.

Both teams played even for the first 11 minutes of the first half, as a Ploof layup gave Rose a 16-14 lead with 9:20 remaining. But Bluffton (6-5, 2-2 HCAC) would go on a 15-0 run and hold the Engineers scoreless for six minutes to build a 29-16 lead with 3:36 left in the half.

The Engineers would cut into that lead out of a timeout, as freshman center Josie Schmidt sparked the run with a steal and ensuing assist to Paruleski on a fastbreak layup. Paruleski made a steal of her own on the next possession and then delivered an assist to freshman Kristen Belyea, who drained a jumper. Ploof connected on a layup and two free throws to help RHIT close the first half on an 8-0 run.

Rose-Hulman regained the lead for the first time since early in the first half remaining when Belyea drained two free throws to give the Engineers a 55-53 lead with 3 minutes left. Belyea’s free throws followed a Sheree Williams steal and three-point play that tied the game at 53-all.

The Engineers pushed their lead to four (57-53) when Ploof blocked a Bluffton shot to set up a Schmidt layup, but an RHIT turnover gave Bluffton’s Taylor Knight a jumper to trim Rose’s lead to 57-55 with 29 ticks left.

With the Beavers forced to foul, Marshall drained two free throws with 8.6 seconds left then made 1 of 2 foul shots with 4.9 seconds to keep the lead to three, 60-57, after Bluffton’s Taylor Knight made two from the stripe.

Bluffton drew up a play out of a timeout with 2.5 seconds left, but Pennekamp’s 3 from the wing hit the back iron as the buzzer sounded to give the victory to Rose-Hulman.

The Engineers shot 43.8 percent (21 of 48) for the game, including a 50-percent effort (9 of 18) in the first half. The Beavers shot 33.3 percent (18 of 54) in the contest.

Knight led Bluffton with 14 points, Pennekamp added 13 points and Taylor Whitaker had 10 points in the losing effort.

Ploof finished with a near double-double with a team-best nine rebounds to go along with her 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting and Schmidt added four points, five assists and eight boards for the Engineers.

Rose outrebounded the Beavers as Marshall added six boards and Belyea had four.

The Engineers (4-7, 2-2) will return to the court Wednesday when they travel to Earlham for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.

BLUFFTON (57) — Knight 3-6 7-9 14, Pennekamp 4-16 4-4 13, Whitaker 4-9 2-5 10, Cooper 3-10 2-2 8, Ruffer 1-3 2-2 4, Beining 2-7 0-1 4, Downing 1-2 2-2 4, Jerger 0-0 0-0 0, Coburn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 FG, 19-25 FT, 57 TP.

ROSE-HULMAN (60) — Paruleski 4-7 0-0 10, Ploof 4-8 2-6 10, Marshall 2-6 6-7 10, Williams 2-3 4-7 8, Evers 3-5 0-0 7, Belyea 2-6 2-2 7, Schmidt 2-6 0-0 4, Morris 1-3 0-0 2, Gibbs 1-1 0-0 2, Meadows 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 FG, 14-22 FT, 60 TP,

Halftime score — BU 29, RH 24. 3-point shooting — BU 2-14 (Knight 1-1, Pennekamp 1-9, Cooper 0-1, Whitaker 0-3), RH 4-13 (Paruleski 2-4, Evers 1-3, Belyea 1-4, Williams 0-1, Meadows 0-1). Fouled out — Ruffer, Williams. Rebounds — BU 28 (Beining 13), RH 41 (Ploof 9). Assists — BU 7 (Jerger and Whitaker 2), RH 13 (Schmidt 5). Total fouls — BU 21, RH 22. Att. — 225.

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