The Adrian College women's basketball team embarks on its 20th season with head coach Kathy Morris at the helm of the program. The Bulldogs are looking for a winning formula that will propel them into the upper echelon of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 2011-12. Adrian finished 7-18 overall and 4-12 in the MIAA a year ago which tied for seventh place with Kalamazoo. The team had their best stretch of games as the calendar turned into 2011 as they won three straight games against Anderson (54-53), Oberlin (65-60) and Trine (48-41). The end of the season proved to be a struggle as the team dropped its final eight games and failed to score more than 54 points in any of those contests.
The team's offense averaged 50 points per game last season and further took a hit with leading scorer Kellee Wonders (8.4 ppg) not returning this season. Wonders was also the team's leading rebounder at 5.7 boards per game and also played 24.6 minutes per game. In terms of returning players, it starts with a very balanced core of scorers in senior guard Katie Ross (Clawson, Mich./Clawson HS), junior guard Kayla Galecka (Ovid, Mich./Ovid-Elsie HS) and sophomore forward LaQwana Dockery (Macomb Twp., Mich./Dakota HS).
Ross is the team's leading returning scorer at 6.6 points per game. She is a primary outside shooter for the Bulldogs shooting 31.7 percent from behind the arc (32-of-101) a season ago. Ross played in all 25 games and also shot 76.5 percent (26-of-34) from the free throw stripe.
Galecka and Dockery each averaged 5.6 points per contest. Galecka played in 23 games and made 13 starts in the backcourt for the Bulldogs. She led the team with 55 assists and also contributed 21 steals. Galecka connected on 30.1 percent from the floor and 32.4 percent from the three-point arc. She also shot 87.8 percent (43-of-49) from the free throw line.
Dockery played in all 25 games and made 19 starts as a freshman. She averaged 20.8 minutes per game but needs to improve on her shooting stats. Dockery shot 32.2 percent from the floor and 50 percent at the charity stripe a season ago. She also averaged 2.6 rebounds per game and had 29 assists and 15 steals.
The team begins its season on Friday, November 18 versus Hanover College at the Sodexo Classic Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Ohio Northern University. The team's home opener will be Tuesday, November 22 with a 6:00 PM tip against crosstown rival Siena Heights University.