LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Rose-Hulman Fightin' Engineers women's basketball team came away victorious in their HCAC Semifinal game against the Hanover Panthers with a final score of 80-61. This win propels the team to their fourth consecutive HCAC Tournament Championship Game appearance, and the Fightin' Engineers seek their third straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearance on Saturday.
Abby Bromenschenkel was the teams leading scorer finishing with a double-double recording 24 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks. Ally Bromenschenkel was the teams second most leading scorer also recording a double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Debie Gedeon was able to tie her career high with 16 points while also recording 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Engineers began the game with a hot start jumping to a ten point lead 15-5 with three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Rose-Hulman would stand ahead of the Panthers at the end of the quarter with the score at 23-11.
The second quarter would continue to be controlled by the Engineers. They would outscore the Panthers 19-13 to increase their lead at halftime with the score at 42-24. Debie Gedeon had an impressive first half tying her career high with 16 points to lead the Engineers in scoring.
Rose-Hulman would continue to play with the same intensity in the second half. The Panthers would cut the lead to 16 points at the end of the third quarter with the score at 59-43. Hanover would put up a fight to try and get back in the game, but the Engineers would finish strong to take the win and advance to the HCAC Championship with a final score of 80-61.
The Engineers finished the game with a 42-28 rebounding advantage over the Panthers. The team was able to play great defense to hold Hanover to just 29.8% shooting from the field compared to Rose-Hulman's 51.7%.
Rose-Hulman will face Transylvania in the HCAC Championship for the third consecutive time. The Engineers have won the past two conference titles over the Pioneers in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. Both teams have already met twice this year during the regular season with Rose-Hulman winning the first meeting 77-59 and Transylvania winning the second meeting 61-47.
Tip-off is set for 5:00 PM on Saturday 2/23 at Transylvania University as the Engineers look to take their third consecutive HCAC title and secure their bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.