Saturday, January 18, 2014
Host Rose-Hulman raced out to a 27-16 halftime lead today against the Mount, thanks to holding the Lions to 28 percent shooting in the first half, and went on to record a 64-48 win. The Mount, 1-14 overall, 1-7 in the HCAC, on Jan. 22 when they host a conference game against Anderson University.
The Fightin' Engineers grabbed an early lead in the game, as both team's struggled on offense during the first 10 minutes of the opening half. Meredith Hartfiel (Villa Hills, KY/Dixie Heights) connected on a three-point shot for the Mount with just over five minutes left in the first half to cut the Lions' deficit to 17-14, but Rose-Hulman went on to out-score the Mount 10-2 down the stretch to the intermission. The Lions converted seven of 25 shots in the first half, to Rose-Hulman's 10-of-24 from the field. The Fightin' Engineers, however, were three-of-six from behind the three-point line while the Moun was two-for-11 from long range. Both teams suffered 12 turnovers each.
Rose-Hulman out-scored the Lions 14-8 to start the half, and held a 41-24 lead with 14;37 left in the game. The Fightin' Engineers would hold at least a double-digit lead the entire second half, and led by as much as 19 points. Chelsea Castleberry (Hebron, KY/Conner) made two free throws with 1:39 left in the game to cut the Rose-Hulman lead to 56-46, but the Lions would get no closer as the home team posted the win.
Tara Dennis (Batavia, OH/Williamsburg) led the Mount with 17 points and six rebounds while Castleberry added 11 points and Hartfiel chipped in six points. Rose-Hulman held a 37-31 lead in rebounds, and forced 20 turnovers, while committing 17 turnovers.