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Women's Basketball Rally Falls Just Short in Loss to Manchester

Women's Basketball Rally Falls Just Short in Loss to Manchester

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Manchester University withstood a late charge by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to pick up a 53-49 women's basketball victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action at Hulbert Arena on Wednesday night.

Rose-Hulman trimmed the deficit to 48-47 with 1:50 remaining on two free throws by Nola Wilson.  Haley Farris answered with two Manchester free throws at the 1:35 mark to put the Spartans on top 50-47.

After a defensive stop, Farris added another free throw to make the score 51-47 in favor of Manchester.  Nosa Igiehon hit a layup with 3.6 seconds left to bring Rose-Hulman within 51-49, but Nicole Weaver sunk two free throws in the final seconds to secure the Manchester win.

Igiehon led the Rose-Hulman offense with her first career double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Hannah Woody added 10 points and six rebounds.

Other key contributors for the Engineers included Kahlan JesterAvery Lewman and Jordan Barlow with five points each.  Desirae Webster and Rose Burnham led the defensive performance with four steals each.

Weaver paced Manchester with 17 points, and Macy Miller also reached double figures with 11 points.  The Spartans improved to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in HCAC play, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 0-3 in HCAC contests.

The Fightin' Engineers return to action with two non-conference games in the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 29-30.