Bulldogs hold on in win over Trine, 51-48

Rachael Walker beats Trine defender in 51-48 win
Rachael Walker beats Trine defender in 51-48 win

ADRIAN, Mich. – Antoinea McElroy's jump shot with 1:19 left broke a tie game and the Adrian College women's basketball team would hold on for a 51-48 win against visiting Trine University in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action, Wednesday night, at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center.

Adrian (6-15, 5-8 MIAA) continues to be competitive at home with a winning record (5-4), as opposed to just one road win this season.

After the Bulldogs took an 18-point lead into intermission, Trine (11-11, 5-8 MIAA) stormed back to take the lead 42-41 with 9:23 left thanks to a 22-5 run in the second half's first nine minutes.

The lead would change twice in the next five minutes before the game would be tied at 44 with 3:13 left and McElroy's jumper would then give Adrian the lead for good.

LaQwana Dockery would sink two free throws to put Adrian up by four points, 50-46, before Trine made it a one possession game with just seven ticks left.

Trine would not get the ball back.

The Bulldogs trailed most of the opening 10 minutes of the game before taking a 12-11 lead and going on an 18-3 run in the final 10 minutes of the opening half for a commanding 34-16 lead at intermission.

The Bulldogs had three players in double-digits. McElroy led Adrian with 13, while Casey Fougerousse and Dockery each added 10 apiece.

Jasmine Byers, Amber McCullough and McElroy accounted for more than half of Adrian's 47 rebounds with nine, eight, and seven; respectively.

The Bulldogs were 14-for-35 from the floor in the first half compared to 6-for-26 in the second half, while the Thunder was 5-for-25 in the first and 11-for-28 in the second from the floor.

Adrian shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from the charity stripe, while Trine went 14-of-17 for 82.4 percent in free throws.

The Bulldogs outshot the Thunder from beyond the arc, going 4-for-13 while Trine was 2-for-17 on the night- including 0-for-8 in the first half.

Adrian will hit the road for their next two matchups at Kalamazoo, Feb. 9th and Calvin, Feb. 13th, before the home regular season finale against Alma, Feb. 16th. Adrian is currently in a four-way tie for fourth place in the MIAA. The top four teams advance to the conference tournament. Albion, Alma and Trine are also 5-8 in league play.

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