ADRIAN, Mich. – On a special day where the Adrian College women's basketball team celebrated the courage of breast cancer survivors, it was a similar strong effort for the Bulldogs as they battled to a 65-56 win over Trine University in the annual Pink Zone game. The pregame ceremonies acknowledged survivors as Chrys Peterson of WTOL-TV in Toledo led the ceremony at midcourt. The event featured several different things to raise money for the Hickman Cancer Center at Bixby Hospital in Adrian.
On the court, the Bulldogs improved to 8-11 overall and 5-8 in the MIAA behind the play of sophomore LaQwana Dockery. She scored 17 points off the bench and set a new career-high with 11 free throws in 12 attempts. She was shooting just 60.8 percent from the line entering the game. As a team, Adrian finished 17-of-24 at the free throw line.
The Bulldogs won their seventh in a row over the Thunder and keep alive their hopes of making the MIAA Tournament. Leading scorer Katie Ross was held to just three points which came on a three-pointer with 3:58 left in the game. Lauren Rhoads picked up the scoring slack by going for 11 points with three triples. She also grabbed six rebounds in 26 minutes. Amy Van Gessel scored a career-high 15 points in her first start of the season. She went 7-of-12 from the floor and grabbed four boards in 33 minutes.
Adrian dominated on the glass with a 45-23 edge including 19 offensive rebounds which led to 14 second chance points. Adrian shot 48 percent in the second half and committed just nine turnovers. The Bulldogs go out of conference tomorrow as they host Finlandia at 3:00 PM.