Rose-Hulman defeats SMWC, takes back Clabber Girl Trophy

Dec. 12, 2012

In a tightly-contested game with crosstown rival Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the Pomeroy basketball team came within three points in the last minute of the game, but was unable to complete the comeback in a 80-74 loss.       

To begin the game, the host Engineers went on an early 12-0 run after the opening basket by Kristina Bruce. The Pomeroys would respond with a 14-0 run of their own, erasing an early double-digit deficit within the first five minutes. At the halfway point of the first stanza, Rose-Hulman led by only five points.  With 8:44 left, a layup by Chelsea Weaver gave the Pomeroys their first lead of the game at 21-20. The Pomeroys led by four (30-26) after a layup by Bruce with 3:21 left, but the Engineers closed the gap and took the lead into halftime 35-34 after a three-point basket by Rose-Hulman’s Cassidy Cain. For the half, SMWC shot 42% from the field and was led by Shaner’s 11 points and seven rebounds.

In the second half, the Pomeroys continued the defensive pressure and forced Rose-Hulman into some early turnovers.  The Engineers however were able to keep a slim lead for most of the half, but never led by any more than nine points.  SMWC got within three points with one minute left, but was unable to get any closer as Rose-Hulman secured the victory.  Missed opportunities and free throws down the stretch ultimately cost the Pomeroys in the end.           

Shaner led the Pomeroys with a double-double, scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds.  Weaver had a strong 13 point, 8 rebound effort alongside Bruce who also chipped in 11 points.     

Lauren Meadows of Rose-Hulman led all scorers with 23 points.  Kelsey Poof also added 14 points and secured a game-high 17 rebounds for the Engineers.   

With the win, Rose-Hulman snaps a three game losing streak against the Pomeroys and wins the annual Clabber Girl Trophy for just the sixth time.  SMWC still leads the all-time series 14-6.     

The Pomeroy’s record drops to 2-9 on the season and will play their next game on Tuesday, Dec. 18 when they travel to Earlham College.  Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.