ALMA, Mich. - The women's basketball team clawed their way back into its MIAA opener at Alma College tonight (Nov. 30) after trailing by nine points at halftime. In the end, the ladies could not get a tying three-point attempt to the rim in the final 10 seconds falling 46-43 to the Scots.
Adrian (1-3, 0-1) led twice very early in the game in a defensive-minded contest where points were hard to come by. Alma (1-4, 1-0) built an 11-6 lead at the 12:17 mark after a layup by Grace Wheeler and then extended its lead to 17-9 just a little over a minute after as Wheeler made a steal and then jacked up a three-pointer on the fast break.
Adrian cut the lead down to 22-19 after a LaQwana Dockery triple highlighted an 8-2 run by the Bulldogs. The Scots then fought back with the next five points to increased their lead to 27-19 after a Jessica DeBruin jumper with 4:04 left in the opening half. Alma built its lead to 34-25 at intermission as nine different Scots scored in the first half.
Adrian opened the second half by cutting the lead down to 36-35 at the 13:37 mark after a three-point field goal by Kayla Galecka. The Bulldogs took their first lead since it was 4-2 at the 9:45 mark as Dockery's three gave Adrian a 40-39 lead. Neither team put a point on the board until 5:59 when Brittney Deerfield made a jumper that would give the Scots the lead for good.
It was a one-possession game until the end as Alma led 44-41 with 1:37 remaining. With the game under 30 seconds, Deerfield missed at the free throw line and the Bulldogs took advantage as Jenn Headley made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 45-43 with 13 seconds left. Deerfield went back to the line and missed the first before making the second to give Alma a 46-43 lead with 10 seconds left after an Adrian timeout. The Bulldogs tried to run a play through Dockery and her three-point attempt was blocked by Morgan Henry and the rebound went to Sarah Stinson of Alma as the horn sounded.
The Bulldogs will need to find more offensively as the team progresses. They are averaging 47.8 points per game through four games. Dockery led the Bulldogs with 14 points in 36 minutes and now leads the team averaging 9.3 points per game. Headley added 10 points including 3-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 at the free throw line. Adrian outrebounded Alma, 39-35, with 12 offensive caroms. Adrian did have 11 second-chance points and 19 points off turnovers in the contest.
Both teams shot 22.2 percent in the second half to combine for 30 points. Adrian managed to get to the foul line seven times and connected on five for their best percentage to date this season (71.4). The team relied heavily on the three-point shot taking 15 of their 27 field goals in the second half behind the arc. Adrian is now +5.5 on the boards this season and will travel to Calvin College on Saturday for their next MIAA contest. The Knights won their MIAA opener at Albion, 69-60.