WOOSTER, Ohio--Senior Antoinea McElroy posted a double-double and classmate Amber McCullough provided some instant offense off the Adrian College bench as the Bulldogs held off Hanover, 76-70, in the Saturday's opening round of the Nan Nichols Classic on the Wooster College campus. The Bulldogs (1-1) will play the host Fighting Scots at 3 p.m. Sunday to conclude Classic play.
McElroy scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as the Bulldogs enjoyed a huge advantage on the glass, 66-38. She also had three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. McCullough (9 rebounds) scored a team-best 14 points in just 16 minutes on the floor. Sophomore Mariah Jackson and senior Jorden York also scored in double-digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Allison Nash led all scorers with 21 points for Hanover (0-1), which shot 33.3 percent from the field. Claire Cromer added 16 and Ashley Malloy, 12.
A McElroy jumper to start the third quarter gave the Bulldogs a 36-27 lead, but Hanover went on an 11-2 run over a 4-minute and 29-second span to knot things up at 38-38. Nash (6) and Cromer (5) combined to score 11 points during their spurt. A York trey put Adrian in front 41-38 as the stanza ended with the Bulldogs holding a 52-46 lead.
A Malloy layup and Nash 3-pointer to begin the fourth pulled the Panthers within 52-51 and then after the teams traded baskets, Nash and Cromer each made a free throw to give Hanover its first lead (56-54) since at the midway point in the first quarter.
After Cromer made another free throw to match the Panthers' biggest lead, York and Cromer traded 3-pointers to make it 60-57 Hanover with 7:05 left in the game.
But layup by junior Kennedy Kunce sparked a 7-0 rally for the Bulldogs, who went up 64-60 at the 6:01 mark and never trailed after that.
Adrian led by as many as 10 points in the first half before going into the locker room with a 34-27 lead.
The 66 team rebounds are just 10 shy of tying the school record set in 1980.
(Photo courtesy of Mike Dickie / Story by Patrick Stewart)