Nationally-Ranked Trine Doubles Up on Visiting Adrian College in Women's Basketball, 74-35

The opening tip in Adrian College women's basketball action from earlier this season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
The opening tip in Adrian College women's basketball action from earlier this season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ANGOLA, Ind.--Defending Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Trine University used a good defense to stifle visiting Adrian College for a 74-35 victory in women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Trine University 74, Adrian College 35

Location: Angola, Ind. (MTI Center)

Records: Trine Thunder 20-2 overall, 12-1 MIAA; Adrian Bulldogs 8-13 overall, 5-8 MIAA

NCAA Division III National Rankings: Trine is No. 8 in Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top-25 poll (138 points) and No. 9 by D3hoops.com (428 points) 

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Ashley Morris led Adrian with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds.

= Freshman Sha'Trice Graves led all student-athletes with three blocked shots, plus she had six points off the bench.  

THE OPPOSITION
= All-American Brandi Dawson scored a game-best 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds, had four steals and added two assists.

= Hayley Martin matched Dawson with team-high honors with seven rebounds and she posted 16 points.

= Cassidy Williams dished four assists.  

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Trine led the rest of the way after Morris made 1 of 2 technical free throws before the game began when there was an error in the official scorebook.

= The Thunder shot 42.3 percent from the field (30-71) while holding Adrian to .238 (10-42).

= Adrian committed 22 turnovers that translated to 28 points for Trine, which also enjoyed a 42-32 rebounding advantage.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Despite the loss, Adrian still leads Trine in the all-time series, 17-15. But the Thunder have won the past four meetings.

= Adrian has scored fewer than 50 points in three consecutive games for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign.

UP NEXT
= After a brief two-game road swing, Adrian returns home to the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center next Saturday to host MIAA opponent Olivet College for its annual Think Pink and Alumnae Game. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.  

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