ADA, Ohio - Senior guard Katie Ross (Clawson, Mich.) had a night to remember on Friday, Dec. 30 as she erupted for a career-high 34 points in a 64-63 loss at Ohio Northern. The previous career-high for Ross was 22 points set on Jan. 15, 2011 against Saint Mary's. Ross also made a career-high eight three-pointers which is one shy of the school record for a game. The 34 points scored is also the third-highest point total by a player in school history. Ross finished 12-of-19 overall from the floor and 8-of-12 from the arc and also grabbed six rebounds in 39 minutes.
The Bulldogs (3-6) and Polar Bears (10-2) staged a battle with nine ties and 16 lead changes during the contest. Adrian's biggest lead was 10 points at the 12:36 mark of the first half. Ohio Northern took a 2-0 lead but Adrian held a lead until the 7:02 mark when the Polar Bears tied the game at 18-18 after a triple by Marissa Clark.
Neither team led by more than one possession for the rest of the first half as Adrian led 34-32 at the break. AC and ONU both had 10 points in the paint and there were five ties and nine lead changes in the first half alone.
The Bulldogs came out strong in the second half and built a 42-34 lead after a Ross triple with 17:06 left in the game. Adrian kept an eight-point advantage until the 14:23 mark at 48-40 after a layup by Ross. Ohio Northern then went on an 8-0 run over the next four-plus minutes to tie the game at 48-48. Nicole Boggs hit a layup at the 7:44 mark to break-up the run and give Adrian a 50-48 lead.
The rest of the game was nip-and-tuck and the team's were tied 60-60 with 2:31 left in the contest. Ohio Northern's Kara Dysert hit a jumper at 2:12 and Cenzie Yoder followed at 1:13 with a jumper to give ONU a 64-60 lead. Katie Mengos missed the front end of the bonus with 25 seconds left and Ross canned her eighth three-pointer with six seconds to go to cut the lead to 64-63. Mengos missed both free throws with two seconds left after a foul but the Bulldogs could not get off a good look.
Adrian shot 49 percent from the floor (25-of-51) and were 10-of-18 (55.6%) from behind the arc in large part due to Ross. Boggs was next in the scoring column with eight points and set a career-high with 12 assists breaking her old mark of five. Boggs was 3-of-3 from the floor including 2-of-2 from the arc. Amy Van Gessel added six points in 16 minutes off the bench.