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January 6, 2011

Early turnovers doom Rose women in 8-point loss to Manchester

TERRE HAUTE — It wouldn’t take long perusing the first-half stat sheet to determine what went awry for Rose-Hulman in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball matchup with Manchester.

Rose turned the ball over 14 times to Manchester’s four, the result being an 18-2 advantage to Manchester in points off turnovers — resulting in a 12-point deficit at halftime.

Rose rectified its turnover largess in the second half, getting within four points on four occasions. But the Engineers could get no closer, eventually dropping a 59-51 decision Wednesday evening in Hulbert Arena.

Rose-Hulman slipped to 4-8 overall and 2-3 in the HCAC. Meanwhile, Manchester remained in second place in the conference, improving to 6-6 and 4-1 respectively.

“It’s the same thing we’ve seen all year,” a visibly frustrated Rose coach Jon Prevo said afterward. “We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We’re not drinking the water — led to the horse trough without drinking the water.

“It’s a situation where [Manchester] didn’t do anything that we did not prepare for. We came out and played very tentative, and I’m dumbfounded to know why.”

The two teams fought through three ties and a lead change in the opening five minutes. But the turnover bug bit the Engineers not once, but twice soon afterward in the first half.

The first batch of turnovers allowed Manchester to erase an early 4-2 Rose-Hulman lead, surging to an 11-6 lead — forcing a Rose timeout at the 14:30 mark.

Two free throws by Alisa Dickerson and an inside hoop by Donna Marsh allowed Rose-Hulman to creep back within 11-10, but the turnover bug soon returned with a vengeance.

That second dose of turnovers enabled Manchester to enjoy a 14-2 run, including three baskets in the paint, a pair of 3-pointers, a short jumper and a pair of free throws.

The two teams battled evenly until the break, with Manchester heading to the lockerroom with a 31-19 lead.

Manchester still led 40-28 four minutes into the second half, before the Engineers found some offensive traction.

Inside hoops by Kelsey Ploof and Marsh, a 3-pointer by Nicole Klass, a free throw by Ploof and an inside hoop by Marsh created a 10-2 Rose run, leading to a Manchester time-out with 10:25 left.

Two free throws by Manchester’s Alexandra Starkey, followed by a dagger-like 3-pointer from Starkey, shot the visitors back into a 53-44 lead inside the five-minute mark.

Manchester’s lead reached 10 points with just under three minutes to go. A 3-pointer by freshman Lauren Meadows gave the Engineers life, trailing 57-51 with 50.9 seconds left. Rose would not get any closer.

Rose was led by a usual double-double from Marsh with 18 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Meadows added 14 points, while Ploof generated a near-double-double of nine points and 10 rebounds.

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