Women's Basketball Closes 2015 with a Win in Florida by Holding Off Marywood, 59-55

Women's Basketball Closes 2015 with a Win in Florida by Holding Off Marywood, 59-55

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Adrian College women's basketball team ended 2015 on a winning note by holding off Marywood University, 59-55, to conclude the 22nd annual Land of Magic Classic here at the Ocean Center on Tuesday evening.

The Bulldogs, who improve to 5-5 overall, got game highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds from senior Antoinea McElroy. It marked McElroy's seventh double-double this season already.

Gabrielle Giordano and Alyssa Olson led the Pacers with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Marywood had a couple of long-range looks in the final 100 seconds to tie the contest at 58-all, but could not convert to potentially force overtime. Senior co-captain Amber McCullough (9 points, 6 rebounds) made the first of two free throws with 3 seconds left to seal the four-point win.

With the Bulldogs trailing 7-6, McElroy drained a 3-pointer to key a 7-0 run in 45 seconds to make it 13-7 Adrian with 5 minutes and 11 seconds remaining in the opening stanza. Senior Jorden York (11 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block), who made a layup along with McElroy during that run, ended the half with a trey of her own to put the Bulldogs up 20-14 at the end of the first.

Marywood (4-6) outscored Adrian 14 to 8 in the second quarter as the teams ended the first half tied 28-all.

In the third quarter, the Pacers raced to a 38-32 lead at the midpoint. Giordano sparked MU's biggest spurt of the game with five points.

After Adrian coach Kathy Morris called a timeout following an Alexa Gerchman layup, the Bulldogs responded with a 10-2 run to make it 42-40 with 2:45 remaining on a 3-pointer by freshman Ashley Morris (5 points). McElroy made a lay-up to end the third and AC was leading 47-44.

Adrian led wire-to-wire in the fourth quarter when it outscored MU 12-11.

Both teams struggled offensively as Marywood shot 33.9 percent (19-56) while Adrian was 30.1 (22-73). The Pacers won the free throw line 14-7, but Adrian made more 3-pointers (8 to 3).

The Bulldogs also enjoyed a 54 to 44 rebounding margin. 

The contest featured eight ties and nine lead changes.

Adrian returns to the court on Saturday (3 p.m.) at Hope in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association game.

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(Photos courtesy of DeAnne Lewin; Story by Patrick Stewart)