TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women's basketball team pulled out an exciting 57-51 win over No. seed Transylvania University on Saturday evening at Hulbert Arena to win the 2018 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 22-25 lead at the half and outrebounded the Pioneers 40-36 in the contest. Both teams shot 33.3 percent from the field and the Fightin' Engineers scored 18 points off of the Pioneers 17 turnovers, securing the school's second consecutive women's basketball HCAC tournament title.
Leading the way for Rose-Hulman was junior forward Chiarra Franklin (Kansas City, Mo. / Liberty). The junior scored a total of 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in two games, earning the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. Junior forward Ally Bromenschenkel (Mendota, Ill. / Mendota) added 24 points and 15 rebounds in the two wins and was named to the all-tournament squad. Senior guard Alyzia Dilworth (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Catholic Central) also earned a spot on the all-tournament team, netting 22 points and six rebounds in the two tournament contests.
Transylvania's junior guard Celia Kline (Madeira, Ohio / Madeira) averaged 14.5 points, on 11-of-21 shooting, for the Pioneers throughout the tournament, claiming a spot on the all-tournament team. Senior forward Rachel Cox (Independence, Ky. / Simon Kenton) joined Kline on the all-tournament squad, averaging 13.5 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game in the Pioneer's two tournament games.
Hanover College's Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind. / Mount Vernon) scored 29 points and tallied 11 rebounds in a semifinal loss, earning 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 second consecutive year.
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.