NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The women's basketball team swept the season series from Saint Mary's (Ind.) College for the first time since 2004 with a 63-59 win on the road to snap a five-game skid and improve to 5-13 overall and 4-6 in the MIAA. It was a pivotal win for the Bulldogs as they broke a tie in the standings with the Belles and are tied with Trine just one down in the win column for the fourth spot in the conference. The top four teams advance to the season-ending MIAA Tournament.
Adrian's bench provided 38 points on Wednesday as junior LaQwana Dockery scored a career-high 20 points and freshman Antoinea McElroy added 14 points. Dockery eclipsed her previous high of 19 points against Trine on Jan. 26, 2011. She went 7-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the stripe and also grabbed nine rebounds to tie a season-high. McElroy posted her second double-double of the season tying her season-high in points. She grabbed 11 rebounds (nine defensive) and recorded two assists in 30 minutes.
Saint Mary's led 31-28 at halftime as Adrian could not find their offense shooting just 24.2 percent from the floor. The difference which kept them in the game was that they went 10-of-11 at the foul line. Adrian led by as many as seven points in the first half at 17-10 with 10:36 left in the half. The Belles used a 13-4 run over the next four-plus minutes to gain a 23-21 lead with 6:03 left.
Saint Mary's led throughout the first 8:18 of the second half building their advantage to 48-41. Adrian scored the next six points to cut the lead to one with 9:58 to play and neither team led by more than one possession until Adrian took a 57-53 lead with 2:06 remaining after a three-point play by McElroy.
Dockery made a basket with 1:37 left to give Adrian a 59-53 lead and force the Belles to play catch up. Saint Mary's cut the lead to two twice with 49 seconds and 11 seconds to go. Junior Lauren Rhoads made two big free throws with seven seconds left to give Adrian a four-point cushion and then stole the ball and dribbled out the clock.
Both teams struggled from behind the arc combining to shoot 4-of-26. For the second time this season, an Adrian opponent failed to make a three-pointer (0-of-5). The free throw line was kind to the Bulldogs as they shot 86.4 percent (19-of-22). It was the second-most makes at the line this season. Casey Fougerousse scored 10 points to round out three players in double figures for Adrian.