Visiting Anderson (Ind.) Snaps Eight-Game Losing Streak to Adrian in Low Scoring Affair, 54-49

Junior Mariah Jackson takes a three-point shot against crosstown rival Siena Heights University. (Action photo by Mike Dickie.)
Junior Mariah Jackson takes a three-point shot against crosstown rival Siena Heights University. (Action photo by Mike Dickie.)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Visiting Anderson (Ind.) outscored Adrian 22-9 at the free throw line, and Jireh Hart posted a double-double, as the shorthanded Ravens took a 54-49 win Saturday in non-conference women's basketball action. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bulldogs, who were enjoying their best start in eight seasons.

THE BASICS
Final Score:  Anderson University 54, Adrian College 49

Location:  Adrian, Mich.; Merillat Sport & Fitness Center

Records:  Anderson Ravens 5-6 overall, 2-2 HCAC ; Adrian Bulldogs 7-4 overall, 3-1 MIAA 

TOP 'DAWGS
Junior Starnisha Harris led the team with 11 points off the bench. She also had five rebounds, two steals and two assists.

= Freshman Shannon Garvey had a career-best two blocked shots and chipped in five points.

= Classmate Alyssa Kubik grabbed a team-high six rebounds and had six points.

= Freshman Sadia Johnson chipped in six points, had four rebounds and dished four assists.

THE OPPOSITION
= Hart had game highs of 14 points and 18 rebounds to go along with two steals.

Tatum Minier added 14 points and seven boards.

Kaycee Strunk had a game-high six assists to go along with 12 points and five rebounds.

Carly Hackler also scored in double figures for the Ravens with 10 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The Ravens made 22 of 32 free throws while the Bulldogs were 9-for-11 at the stripe.

= Anderson also won the glass with a 41-32 rebounding edge.

= Carly Hackler gave the Ravens the lead for good on a jumper, 42-41, with 3 minutes and 3 seconds remaining in the contest. That bucket started a 9-0 run in a span of almost two minutes, and the Bulldogs were forced to foul to try to get the ball back.

= Down 38-30 early in the fourth quarter, Adrian clawed back and took a brief 41-40 lead on an Ashley Morris (6 points) layup at the 3:27 mark. Harris scored five points during the 11-2 rally.

= Anderson did not trail in the third quarter, taking a 35-28 advantage after 30 minutes.

= After trailing 12-4 at the end of the opening quarter, the Bulldogs turned the tables to outscore the visitors 17-8 in the second and go up 21-20 at the intermission.

= Adrian took its largest lead of the contest with 4:28 left in the second quarter when junior Madison Nay (7 points) made it 19-14 on a lay-in.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Anderson's last win over Adrian before today came on Dec. 17, 2005 (75-54 in Anderson, Ind.).

= Despite see its eight-game winning streak over the Ravens, Adrian still leads the all-time series, 8-5, that began on Dec. 15, 2001.

= The Ravens did not dress any reserves.

= The Adrian bench outscored Anderson's 26-0 and the Bulldogs also doubled up with points in the paint (30-16). The hosts also enjoyed a 10-0 advantage on the fastbreak.

The Bulldogs are 6-0 this season when they reach the 80-point plateau and 1-4 when they do not.


UP NEXT
= The Bulldogs will conclude their four-game homestand (2-1 record in the stretch) on Wednesday, Jan. 4, when Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Albion College visits the MSFC for a 7:30 p.m. opening tipoff. 

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