BLUFFTON, Ohio -- Bluffton University opened both halves with strong play to earn a 60-51 women's basketball victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon in Ohio.
Bluffton led 17-8 after the first quarter and relied on a 14-10 third quarter to keep a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter. The hosts built a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, before Rose-Hulman held Bluffton scoreless for over three minutes and scored the game's last nine points to close within single digits.
Desirae Webster led the Rose-Hulman offense with season-high totals of 11 points and 11 rebounds in her first career double-double. Hannah Woody added 11 points and five rebounds, and Nosa Igiehon also reached double figures with 10 points.
Bluffton also had three players in double figures, led by Brianna Gillig with 15 points. Nora Hemminger added 11 points, and Tj Mills scored 10 points for the home squad.
Bluffton improved to 6-1 and 2-1 in league play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 0-2 in conference games. The Fightin' Engineers return home to face Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Manchester University on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.