TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's basketball team pulled out an exciting 50-40 win over No. 3 seed Transylvania University on Saturday evening at Hulbert Arena to win the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Championship. With the victory, Rose-Hulman earned the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament set to begin next week.
The Fightin' Engineers held a 26-19 lead at the half and were able to outscore the Pioneers all quarters but one in order to put the contest out of reach. Rose-Hulman's hot shooting early on and defense helped the Engineers build a lead that the Pioneers could not overcome, securing the school's first women's basketball HCAC tournament title.
Leading the way for Rose-Hulman was junior guard Alyzia Dilworth (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Catholic Central). The junior scored a total of 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in two games, earning the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. Sophomore forward Ally Bromenschenkel (Mendota, Ill. / Mendota) added 21 points on 7-13 from the field in the two wins and was named to the all-tournament squad. Senior forward Abbie Marshall (St. Louis, Mo. / Nerinx Hall) also earned a spot on the all-tournament team, netting 11 points and 15 rebounds with four blocks in the two tournament contests.
Transylvania's sophomore guard Celia Kline (Madeira, Ohio / Madeira) averaged 14 points, on 12-of-23 shooting, for the Pioneers throughout the tournament, claiming a spot on the all-tournament team. Freshman guard Ashton Woodard (Mt. Sterling, Ky. / Menifee Co.) joined Kline on the all-tournament squad, averaging 8.7 points per game in the Pioneer's three tournament games.
Bluffton University's Kaycee Rowe (Harrod, Ohio / Allen East) earned the final spot on the all-tournament team for her efforts this week.
Rose-Hulman, under head coach Jon Prevo, improved to 24-3 and will make the trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history.
The announcement of the Division III women's basketball field will be presented via webcast on www.ncaa.com beginning at 2:30 p.m. Monday.