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#24 Rose-Hulman Rolls Past Manchester 89-50 Saturday

#24 Rose-Hulman Rolls Past Manchester 89-50 Saturday

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The #24 Rose-Hulman women's basketball team achieved another milestone on Saturday afternoon.  The Fightin' Engineers rolled past Manchester 89-50 and finished Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play a perfect 18-0.  Rose is just the second team in league history to complete the regular season conference slate unbeaten.  Transylvania completed the feat back in 2014-15.  The win also marked the 20th consecutive victory for Rose-Hulman, a program record. 

Rose-Hulman jumped out to an early 6-2 lead and never looked back.  The Fightin' Engineers shot 50% (8-16) in the opening quarter and led by four, 17-13 after the first 10 minutes of play.  Rose-Hulman stepped up defensively in the second quarter and held the Spartans to eight points on just 3-12 shooting.  Rose-Hulman outscored Manchester 19-8 in the second quarter and led 36-21 at halftime.  Junior Ally Bromenschenkel made all five of her field goal attempts and led Rose with 10 points at the intermission.  

Rose-Hulman's offense shot 73% (22-30) in the second half and the Engineers pulled away from the Spartans.  RHIT outscored Manchester 27-13 and 26-16 in the third and fourth quarters respectively.  In total, Rose-Hulman outscored the Spartans 46-18 in the paint, 34-19 in bench scoring, and 21-10 in points off of turnovers.  RHIT also dominated the boards 37-25.  

For the game, the Fightin' Engineers shot a blistering 60% (38-63) from the field.  Rose-Hulman went 9-19 (47%) from downtown and placed five players in double figures.  Abby Bromenschenkel led RHIT with 16 points, nine assists, five rebounds, and four steals.  Bromenschenkel went 6-10 from the floor and 3-6 from three.  Chiarra Franklin scored 14 points and had nine rebounds in 22 minutes off then bench.  Ally Bromenschenkel scored 13 points and had six rebounds.  Sophie Brooks made a pair of triples and finished with 12 points in the win.  Taylor Graham also made a pair of threes and had 10 points.  She added five assists and four boards.  Rose-Hulman had 28 assists in the win. 

The win moved Rose-Hulman to 22-3, 18-0 HCAC.  Manchester fell to 7-18, 6-12 HCAC.  RHIT will host the HCAC Conference Tournament next weekend, February 23-24, in Hulbert Arena.  The Fightin' Engineers will be the #1 seed and will play the winner of the #4 seed Hanover and #5 seed Earlham on Friday.