ADRIAN, Mich. - The women's basketball team nearly got a monkey off their back against Hope College on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 14) but free throw shooting proved to be Adrian's achilles heel in a 59-56 loss to the Flying Dutch at Merillat Gymnasium.
The last win for the Bulldogs came back in February 1998 and now Hope extends its win streak over Adrian to 29 games. Today's matchup looked to be promising as the Bulldogs led 29-28 at halftime after getting out to a 13-5 start in the first six minutes of the game. Hope led 2-0 but did not regain the lead until under a minute to play in the first half.
The entire second half was a see-saw affair as both teams did not yield an inch. Hope and Adrian were tied at 54-54 with 3:13 left after Lauren Rhoads split a pair at the free throw stripe. Courtney Kust hit a layup and Allie Cerone knocked down a jumper to give Hope a 58-54 lead with 1:36 left on the clock.
Katie Ross made a layup with 17 seconds left to cut the lead to 58-56 and then she fouled Liz Ellis with 14 seconds to play. Ellis missed the first free throw but made the second to make it 59-56. Ross got off a good look from behind the arc but Hope escaped with the rebound to improve to 14-2 overall and 6-1 in the MIAA.
Ross finished with a game-high 22 points, her highest total against Hope in her career. She made eight field goals, half of them coming from behind the arc. Jasmine Byers added nine points and six rebounds off the bench.