Women’s hoops upended by Rose-Hulman in HCAC road clash

Zoe Curtis action photo

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.

Sophomore guard Kayla Bowling tallied 11 points with three assists and six rebounds, while junior guard Camryn White finished with 10 points and seven boards.

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.