TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champion Rose-Hulman jumped out to a double-digit lead in the opening quarter and held Earlham College to single digits in each of the first three periods, and posted a 59-44 win over the visiting Quakers in an HCAC matchup on Saturday evening at the RHIT Sports and Recreation Center.
Junior forward Zoe Curtis led three Earlham (4-9, 2-4 HCAC) players in double figures with 16 points, for her eighth double-digit scoring performance of the season and her first over the last three contests. Curtis was 7-of-11 from the field, and hauled down seven rebounds.
Rose-Hulman (8-5, 5-1 HCAC) was paced by Ally Bromenschenkel with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double, while sister Abby Bromenschenkel charted 13 points.
The Fightin' Engineers opened the game with a 16-2 run, which finally ended with a Curtis layup with 3:21 left in the opening stanza. Curtis added another layup and Bowling connected on a jumper in the waning seconds of the first period for Earlham, but Rose-Hulman still held an 18-8 advantage after 10 minutes of play.
A 10-0 run by the Engineers midway through the second quarter helped extend the Rose-Hulman lead to 32-16 at the half.
Earlham held Rose-Hulman to just seven points in the third quarter, while a pair of late jumpers by White and a jumper from Acacia Tenette helped trim the Engineer lead to 39-24 after three quarters. Each team tallied 20 points over the final 10 minutes for the final score of 59-44.
The Quakers effectively controlled the glass against the Fightin' Engineers, outrebounding Rose-Hulman 36 to 30.
However Earlham shot 35.2 percent (19-of-54) from the field and managed a season-low one 3-pointer on the afternoon, while Rose-Hulman fired at a 43.8 percent (21-of-48) clip. The Engineers were aided by 23 trips to the free-throw line on 18 Earlham fouls, where they connected on 14 attempts (.609 FT%). The Quakers were just 5-of-9 (.556 FT%) on 17 Engineer fouls.
The Quakers also committed 17 turnovers to the Engineers' 11, resulting in 25 points-off-turnovers for Rose-Hulman.
Earlham returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 9, when it travels to Hanover, Ind., to face Hanover College. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.