DEFIANCE, Ohio -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a strong defensive effort to pick up a 46-40 women's basketball victory at Defiance College on Saturday afternoon.
Rose-Hulman held Defiance to just two points in the second quarter to build a 25-16 advantage. The Fightin' Engineers held Defiance to just 30% from the field and outrebounded the hosts 41-32 to earn their sixth victory of the season.
Nosa Igiehon led the Rose-Hulman offense with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Igiehon had two assists and a team-high two blocked shots.
Hannah Woody also reached double figures with 10 points for the Engineers. Desirae Webster pitched in with nine points and four steals, and Rose Burnham scored four points with eight rebounds to provide scoring depth.
Briana Townley led the Defiance offense with 11 points and Liz Martin scored nine for the Yellow Jackets.
Defiance pulled within 34-29 at the end of the third quarter, but Rose-Hulman held Defiance to just three points in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. A three-pointer by Webster, a layup from Woody and a score from Igiehon capped the run and put Rose-Hulman ahead 43-32 with 3:16 left in the game. The Yellow Jackets could not close within less than six the rest of the way.
Rose-Hulman improved to 6-17 overall and 5-11 in league play, while Defiance dropped to 7-16 and 6-10 in conference games. The Fightin' Engineers host Earlham College in the home finale on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. One student will receive free books next quarter, and all students will receive free food prior to the Earlham matchup.