LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's basketball team battled No. 6 ranked Transylvania University into a one-possession game midway through the fourth quarter, before the hosts pulled away for a 69-55 victory in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
Rose-Hulman rallied from a nearly double-figure deficit to tie the score at 46-46 on a free throw by Rose Burnham with 9:04 left in the fourth quarter. A layup by Hannah Woody at the 7:13 mark kept Rose-Hulman within two points at 50-48, and the Engineers maintained just a four-point deficit at 54-50 with 4:23 remaining after a basket from Jordan Barlow.
Transylvania relied on its defense to pull away from the strong Rose-Hulman effort down the stretch. Woody led Rose-Hulman with 14 points and four assists. Nola Wilson added 12 points on 4-5 from three-point range and three assists.
Other key contributors for the Fightin' Engineers included Nosa Igiehon with eight points, four rebounds and three steals; Barlow with eight points; and Kahlan Jester with six points and a team-high seven rebounds. Desirae Webster added four points, three rebounds and two steals.
Transylvania won its 17th consecutive game and improved to 20-1 overall and 14-0 in HCAC play. The Fightin' Engineers stand 5-16 and 4-10 in league games heading into a road game at Franklin College on Wednesday.