Bulldogs Give Coach Kathy Morris Largest Margin of Victory in a MIAA Opener; Sting Hornets on the Road, 81-39

Bulldogs Give Coach Kathy Morris Largest Margin of Victory in a MIAA Opener; Sting Hornets on the Road, 81-39

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Senior guard Marissa Cotton came off the bench to score 16 of her game-high 21 points in the first half, setting the tone for Adrian's 81-39 road win against Kalamazoo in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's basketball opener for both teams on Wednesday.

THE BASICS
Final Score:  Adrian College 81, Kalamazoo College 39

Location:  Kalamazoo, Mich.; Anderson Athletic Center, Tish Loveless Court

Records:  Adrian Bulldogs 3-2 overall, 1-0 MIAA ; Kalamazoo Hornets 0-3, 0-1 MIAA

TOP 'DAWGS
= Cotton finished the night by hitting on 7 of 11 field goals, including 4-for-6 from three-point land. She also led all student-athletes with four assists and made two steals.

= Freshman Sadia Johnson (17 points) and junior Mariah Jackson (10) also scored in double digits. Both players were productive with their playing time as Johnson scored 17 points in 17 minutes on 6-for-13 from the floor, and Jackson had 10 in 14 minutes of action. Both made two treys on five tries.

= Junior Starnisha Harris (6 points), sophomore Ashley Morris (9 points), freshman Alyssa Kubik and senior Brigitte Zavithsanos (3 assists) led the Bulldogs' dominance on the glass with seven, six, six and six rebounds, respectively.

= Senior Paige Machnacki (4 steals, 5 rebounds) and Morris chipped in two blocked shots apiece.

THE OPPOSITION
Emily Kozal, the MIAA's scoring champion in conference games-only last season, was the only Hornet in double digits with 17 points, making 8 of 10 free throw attempts. She also had five rebounds.

Eliza McCall led all student-athletes with eight rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The visiting Bulldogs raced to a 41-18 halftime lead and never looked back. 

= Adrian outrebounded K-zoo by a commanding 63-44 advantage.

= The Bulldogs showed their depth as all but on player recorded one rebound and 10 had at least four. Six scorers had six or more points.

= K-zoo was limited to just 20.9 percent field goal shooting (14-67).

= Adrian also struggled shooting the basketball (37.0%), but made twice as many buckets as the Hornets, 30 to 15.

= The Bulldogs, however, did find success from the perimeter by knocking down 12 of 26 3-pointers for a 46.2 clip, including 6-for-10 in the first half.

= Adrian never trailed as it built a 22-12 advantage after 10 minutes.

= The Bulldogs led 25-4 on points off turnovers and outscored K-zoo in the paint, 28-14.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is 11-14 in MIAA openers--including 2-0 the last two seasons--under 25-year head coach Kathy Morris.

= Tonight marked the Bulldogs' largest margin of victory for a MIAA opener in Kathy Morris' 25-year coaching tenure (won 67-48 versus Albion on Jan. 8, 1997), as well as Adrian's biggest win at K-zoo since Feb. 2, 1991, 98-50.

= Adrian improves to 64-30 over the Hornets in the all-time series. The teams split last season with each winning at home: Adrian 63-54 on Jan. 6, 2016, and K-zoo 75-56 on Feb. 6, 2016.

= The Bulldogs (3-2) have won each of their three games when reaching the 80-point plateau. They reached that mark only once in all of the 2015-16 campaign.

= Tonight, Adrian set season highs for field goal attempts (81), rebounds, three-pointers made and attempted, rebounding margin, offensive rebounds (24) and blocks (5).

= The 63 rebounds are the second-most in the MIAA so far this season (Hope had 67 on Nov. 18 against Finlandia).

 UP NEXT
= Adrian will be tested at nationally ranked Hope College (No. 8-tied WBCA, No. 15 D3hoops.com) for a 3 p.m. MIAA start on Saturday. Video Live stats Audio

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