ADRIAN, Mich. - The women's basketball team could not sustain any offensive momentum on Tuesday night in their annual battle with Siena Heights University and fell for the third straight year, 69-46, at the Merillat Sport & Fitness Center Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs were an identical 8-of-26 from the floor (30.8 percent) in each half. Siena Heights shot 46.7 percent (21-of-45) for the game and put the game out of reach shooting 12-of-23 (4-of-7 3FG's) in the second half.
The Saints built a 29-20 lead at halftime and outscored the Bulldogs, 40-26, in the second half. Neither team led by more than three points for most of the first half as there were five lead changes and one tie. The Saints took the lead for good at 14-13 with 9:11 left in the opening half after a layup by Samantha Wolford. SHU went on a 10-0 run after trailing 13-10 and punctuated the run with a jumper by Raina Chambers with 6:46 to go in the first half. Neither team found the range from behind the three-point arc going a combined 2-of-14. SHU did however hold a substantial edge at the free throw line going 10-of-12 compared to 3-of-8 for Adrian.
It took Adrian six minutes to score their first points of the second half and by then the Saints led 34-23 after a triple by senior Katie Ross. Ross finished with 14 points and made 4-of-10 from the arc in 28 minutes. She was one triple shy of tying her career-high and surpassed the century mark for career three-pointers. Ross now has 101 career three's in 310 attempts.
The Bulldogs cut the lead down to single digits at 39-31 with 10:53 to play after another Ross three-pointer. The Saints pushed the tempo after that make and went on a 7-0 run to lead 46-31 with 8:32 remaining after a three by She'Mieka Nicholson. The Saints led by more than 20 points for the final 6:44 of the contest.
Sophomore LaQwana Dockery led Adrian with 15 points in a reserve role. She played 24 minutes off the bench and connected on 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-7 at the foul line. Dockery also grabbed six rebounds and dished out a pair of assists. Sophomore Senneca Scott led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds, which tied a career-high for the eighth time.