Sadia Johnson's Career-High 26 Points Fuels Huge Second Half Comeback; Bulldogs Clip Chargers, 83-79

Sadia Johnson's Career-High 26 Points Fuels Huge Second Half Comeback; Bulldogs Clip Chargers, 83-79

LANCASTER, Pa.--Freshman Sadia Johnson scored 16 of her career-high 26 points in the second half, and junior college transfer Starnisha Harris drained two crucial free throws in the closing seconds, to propel the Adrian College women's basketball team to a huge comeback win, 83-79, at Lancaster Bible in a Thursday matinee. 

THE BASICS
Final Score:  Adrian College 83, Lancaster Bible College 79

Location:  Lancaster, Pa.; Horst Athletic Center

Records:  Adrian Bulldogs 5-3 overall ; Lancaster Bible Chargers 4-4 overall

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore Ashley Morris and Harris (3 steals) chipped in 14 points apiece.

= Freshman Angelina Goosby (8 points) and Harris led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds each.

= Fighting off foul trouble, senior Brigitte Zavithsanos had a solid statline of five points, seven rebounds, five assists and a game-high three steals.

THE OPPOSITION
Caitlin Hickey scored a team-high 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the floor.

Krissy Pennell and Courtney Goyak both enjoyed double-doubles. Pennell had 16 points and dished a game-best 14 assists, while Goyak scored 15 and hauled in 17 rebounds to lead all student-athletes.

Emily Morgan and Kaylee Boger also scored in double figures for the Chargers with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian trailed by 17 points in the third quarter--its largest deficit of the afternoon--after Hickey swished a 3-pointer from the left elbow with 7 minutes and 51 seconds remaining.

= Johnson converted a traditional three-point play to give the Bulldogs an 81-79 lead--their second of the second half--with 11 seconds remaining, and Harris sealed the win with a pair of free throws eight seconds later to account for the final margin.

= LBC took a 67-58 lead into the final stanza. Adrian eventually took its first lead after halftime at 72-71 with a pair of Johnson free throws at 4:34, capping a 31-13 run since Pennell made a layin to make it 58-41 LBC at the 5:26 mark of the third.

= For the game's final 5 minutes, the score stayed within three points for either side. After two Kennedy Kunce free throws, LBC reclaimed the lead on back-to-back layups by Morgan and Hickey to go up 75-74 with 3:16 left. Adrian and Lancaster Bible then traded 3balls by freshman Shannon Garvey (7 points) and Boger before Johnson and Pennell each made one of two free throws to make it 79-78 in the hosts favor with just 29 seconds to go.

= After an Adrian timeout to set up a final possession, the Bulldogs missed two shots inside the key before Johnson's put-back off her own miss went in and she was fouled on the play. She calmly made the free throw for the Bulldogs, who led by two at 81-79.

= Morris was hot in the first quarter making four of five shots for eight points as the Bulldogs led 13-7 early on. Adrian went 10-for-18 from the field for a 55.6 percent clip after 10 minutes.

= The Chargers, however, began a fullcourt press that resulted in several AC turnovers and LBC ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run to turn a 19-16 deficit into a 27-21 advantage.

= In the second quarter, the lead quickly ballooned to 35-21 with 8:31 to go. LBC took a 45-33 cushion into the locker room. 

= Adrian was able to fight off a cool field goal percentage (.377; 29-77) and withstand an efficient LBC offense (.492; 30-61) by a strong performance on the boards. The Bulldogs grabbed 22 offensive rebounds that resulted in 18 second-chance points to the Chargers' six.

= The Bulldogs also outscored LBC at the free throw line, 17-for-21 to 12-for-18.

= Adrian enjoyed advantages of 44-34 in rebounds and 26-14 in bench points.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs are 5-0 when scoring 80 points in a game this season

= This marked the first-ever meeting between the teams.

= Lancaster Bible College competes in the NCAA Division III-affiliated North Eastern Athletic Conference.

= Goyak leads the NCAA, all Divisions, men's and women's, in rebounding with a 19.6 average.

= "I told our team at halftime we were going to find out who we are. A lot of heart and great contributions from everyone at different times during the game" led to one of the greatest comeback victories in program history, said Adrian 25-year head coach Kathy Morris. "It's up there."

UP NEXT
= Adrian begins a four-game homestand Saturday (3 p.m.) against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opponent Saint Mary's College at the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center.

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