NOTRE DAME, Ind.— Adrian College stormed back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to stun host St. Mary's College 62-58 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's basketball action on Wednesday, extending the Bulldogs' winning streak to four games.
Final Score: Adrian College 62, St. Mary's College 58
Location: Notre Dame, Ind.; Angela Athletic & Wellness Center
Records: Adrian Bulldogs 8-10 overall, 5-5 MIAA; St. Mary's Belles 5-13 overall, 3-7 MIAA
= Junior Ashley Morris scored 23 points, pulled down six rebounds and gave five assists.
= Freshman Sha'Trice Graves came off the bench to grab a game-high 14 rebounds.
= Sophomore Aly Kubik added 17 points on 7-for-12 field goal shooting to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
= Freshman Rachel Bucher chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
= Giavanna Paradiso led SMC with 18 points and nine rebounds.
= Megan Saunders (9 points, 4 rebounds) dished a game-best six assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian trailed by as many as 12 points in the second quarter and for all but the last 3 minutes and 51 seconds.
= Morris sank two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to give Adrian a two-possession lead, 62-58, and help preserve the win. On its ensuing possession, SMC had two 3-point field goal attempts sandwiched around an offensive rebound miss the mark.
= Kubik's fastbreak layup with 3:51 left in the game gave Adrian its first lead of the night, 55-53, as the Bulldogs wouldn't trail again.
= After Bucher drained a three-pointer to bring AC within 14-11 to start the second quarter, SMC went on an 18-9 run behind Paradiso's seven points to go up 32-20 near the end of the first half.
= In the second half, Adrian managed to keep the deficit to single-digits but still was behind 49-40 in the final stanza (9:27) before making its comeback.
= Kubik made a layup and Bucher converted a 3ball off a turnover to spark a 9-2 run over a 1:53 span, making the score SMC 51-49 with 7:34 to go.
= Adrian shot 43.3 percent from the field (26-60) in the contest and held SMC to 29.9 (20-67).
= The Bulldogs also enjoyed a huge advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Belles 48 to 35.
= St. Mary's led 14-9 after 10 minutes, 32-22 at the intermission and 47-40 at the end of three quarters.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is on a season's best four-game winning streak.
= Morris now has 514 career points and she is Adrian's active scoring leader.
= The Bulldogs also beat St. Mary's at home on Dec. 9, 76-67, to complete the season series sweep of the Belles. Adrian has won the past 12 meetings and now lead 29-16 all-time.
= Graves is averaging 9.3 rebounds over six games since she was inserted into the rotation on Jan. 6.
= Adrian is averaging 74.5 points and 47.6 rebounds in its eight victories.
= The team is 5-2 in true road games this season, but 3-6 at home.
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