Albion Pulls Away in the Second Half to Beat Women's Basketball

Freshman Rachel Bucher goes up for one of her two blocked shots against Albion on Wednesday. (Action photo by Bobby Lee, Albion Athletics)
Freshman Rachel Bucher goes up for one of her two blocked shots against Albion on Wednesday. (Action photo by Bobby Lee, Albion Athletics)

ALBION, Mich.--The Adrian College women's basketball team had a solid first half at Albion College on Wednesday evening, but the Bulldogs couldn't sustain that momentum in the second as the host Britons pulled away for a 64-35 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association win.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Albion College 64, Adrian College 35

Location: Kresge Gymnasium; Albion, Mich.

Records: Albion Britons 14-6 overall, 7-4 MIAA; Adrian Bulldogs 8-12 overall, 5-7 MIAA

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Ashley Morris was the lone Bulldog in double digits with 10 points and she also recorded a game-high-tying four assists.

= Freshman Rachel Bucher came off the bench to grab a team-high five rebounds, block two shots and score six points. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Evelyn Wischmeyer paced Albion with game highs of 17 points and nine rebounds, plus four steals

= Rain Hinton added 13 points and eight rebounds. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian trailed only 23-18 at the intermission, but Albion outscored the Bulldogs 41-17 in the second half to win by 29 points.

= Adrian was limited to 24.0 percent field goal shooting (12-50) and Albion held a wide rebounding margin of 58 to 32.

= Albion built an 8-2 lead before Adrian went on a 7-2 run to close 10-9 by the end of the opening stanza. Bucher keyed it with five points for the Bulldogs, who held the Britons without a point for 3 minutes and 26 seconds.

= The score remained 10-9 until the 7:38 mark of the second quarter as Rain made it 12-9. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way as the Britons held a slim 23-18 halftime lead.

= But Rain made another bucket to open the third quarter to ignite a 13-4 run over a 5:19 span and Albion took control, 36-22. Albion, which never trailed, maintained a double-digit advantage for the rest of the contest.  

= The Britons outscored the Bulldogs in the paint, 28-14, and 26-5 on second-chance points--taking advantage of their work on the glass.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Despite its most lopsided loss in Albion since 2005, Adrian still leads the Britons in the all-time series, 57-44. The Bulldogs fall to 28-23 in Albion.

= Morris is averaging a season-high 12.3 points, which ranks eighth in the MIAA.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will open the month of February at nationally-ranked and MIAA-leader Trine on Saturday at 3 p.m. 

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