MARIETTA, Ohio--Senior Marissa Cotton and junior transfer Star Harris each scored 16 points to help carry the Adrian College women's basketball team to an 89-84 non-conference win at Marietta College here at the Ban Johnson Arena. It was the season opener for both teams.
At the conclusion of the game, 25-year Adrian head coach Kathy Morris accepted a plaque from local representatives of the Southern Ohio Shriners as the winner of the annual Marietta College Shriners Benefit game.
Harris made two free throws with 8 seconds left to seal the victory. She came off the bench to grab a game-best 12 rebounds to complete the double-double in her Bulldogs debut.
Shay Lett came off the Marietta bench to fire in 15 points in 18 minutes of action to pace five Pioneers in double figures. Jordanna Rauch added 12, Alexis Enochs had 11 and Maddy Worden, Corrie Burkhardt, 10 each. The latter also hauled in 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Adrian used its hustle to outrebound Marietta by a 44-33 margin, including an 18-10 on the offensive end to score 21 second-chance points (to 11 for the Pioneers).
Cotton sank 6-of-9 from the field, including two 3s, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals. Adrian sophomore Ashley Morris added eight points, dished a game-high five assists, posted a steal and blocked three shots.
Senior Brigitte Zavithsanos (2 assists, 2 steals) hit a three-pointer to give Adrian a 12-point cushion, 78-66, with 8 minutes and 28 seconds remaining before the host Pioneers began to mount a fourth-quarter comeback.
After a pair of Harris free throws to keep Adrian's lead at double-digits, 85-73 at 3:12, Rauch bookended an 8-0 run with two treys in less than a minute to get Marietta within 85-81 at 1:23 left on the clock.
Johnson was fouled with 55 seconds left and made two free throws to give the Bulldogs a two-possession lead, 87-81.
Rauch then drained a 3-pointer to get within 87-84 and Marietta had a chance to get a game-tying 3-ball after Harris missed two free throws with 22 seconds remaining.
Adrian, however, forced Marietta to throw the ball away on its last meaningful possession and the Pioneers fouled Harris again. But she toed the free throw line and calmly sank both attempts.
Adrian, which led by as many as 15 points in the second half, never trailed in the contest that had only two ties.
Adrian hits the hardwood on the road again this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to Meadville, Pa., to participate in the Allegheny College Classic. Adrian plays the host Gators at 5 p.m. Friday and then has a quick turnaround versus Grove City College at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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