Balanced Offense Leads @ACWB_Basketball Past Visiting St. Mary's (Ind.), 76-67

Senior Madison Nay goes for a jump shot early in the season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Madison Nay goes for a jump shot early in the season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College women's basketball team used a balanced offensive attack and dominated the glass to break down visiting St. Mary's College, 76-67, in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action on Saturday.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Adrian College 76, St. Mary's College (Ind.) 67

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

Records: Adrian Bulldogs 3-3 overall, 2-1 MIAA; St. Mary's (Ind.) Belles 1-7 overall, 0-3 MIAA

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore Shannon Garvey poured in a career-high 27 points to lead all scorers, making 10 of 17 field goals including three 3-pointers. Garvey also had eight rebounds.

= Junior Ashley Morris and sophomore Aly Kubik both had double doubles. The former had 11 rebounds while the latter pulled down a game-high 16, and both student-athletes netted 14 points. Morris added team highs of five assists and four steals and Kubik had three assists and two blocked shots.

= Sophomore Emily Somerville also reached double digits with 10 points. She also contributed five assists. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Gabby Diamond tied Garvey for game-high scoring honors with 27 points. She completed the double-double with 14 rebounds.

= Erin Maloney made 11 points, a game-best six assists, three rebounds and two steals.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian used an uptempo offense to generate a 19-0 lead in fastbreak points. The Bulldogs also enjoyed a 32-18 scoring advantage inside the paint.

= In a contest that featured seven ties and 11 lead changes in the first half, Adrian used a 9-1 run over the last 3 minutes and 39 seconds to take a 40-32 advantage going into the intermission. Sophomore Alivia Kondrath (4 points) made a layup to break a 31-31 tie and the Bulldogs never relinquished the lead after that.

= The game was tied 19-19 after the first quarter. Adrian held leads of 40-32 after the second and 57-47 at the end of the third.

= In the second half, Adrian bumped up its cushion to 15 points in the fourth quarter after a Kubik layup at 6:44, 65-50.

= But SMC wouldn't go away quietly, managing to pull within 70-65 after a Delaney Rohlman (7 points, 6 rebounds) trey with 1:17 remaining. With the Belles trailing by the biggest deficit for both teams, 15 points, Bern McGeever (5 points, 5 rebounds) sparked the 15-5 run with a putback to make it a two-possession game in the final 77 seconds. 

= Adrian, however, wouldn't bend and the defense forced the Belles to miss six of the last seven field goals down the stretch to clinch the win. Adrian made its final six free throws as SMC tried to get the ball back by fouling.

= The Belles were held to 30 percent (24-80) field goal shooting, including 23.5 percent (4-17) from three-point range.

= St. Mary's had its largest lead of four points, 31-27, at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter after a Diamond layup.

= The teams combined for 101 rebounds as SMC had a slight edge, 51-50.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian has won the last 11 meetings to increase its all-time series lead over the Belles to 28-16 overall and 19-5 at home.

= St. Mary's has lost 19 consecutive games away from home, dating to last season. The Belles' last victory on the road or at a neutral site came against Manchester, 64-62, on Nov. 18, 2016.

= Kubik's 16 rebounds easily are a career-high and the 10th-best figure in Adrian single-game history.

= Garvey's previous personal scoring record was 20 points last month at Alma. She improves to third place in the conference with 16.3 points per game.

= Diamond is third in MIAA rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game. 

= The Bulldogs are 2-0 this season when recording 50 rebounds or more in a game.

UP NEXT
= Adrian hosts non-conference foe Finlandia at 3 p.m. Sunday.

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