Women's Basketball Storms Back in Second Half to Win 62-58 at St. Mary's College

Members of the Adrian College women's basketball team stand for the National Anthem. (Photo by Mike Dickie)
Members of the Adrian College women's basketball team stand for the National Anthem. (Photo by Mike Dickie)

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.

THE BASICS
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

TOP 'DAWGS
= 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.

THE OPPOSITION
= 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.

UP NEXT
= Adrian returns home on Saturday versus Calvin College in a MIAA contest at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center, starting at 3 p.m.  VIDEO l LIVE STATS

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