Turnovers Doom Women's Basketball in 64-43 Defeat at the Hands of NAIA-Scholarship Hastings (Neb.)

Newcomer Emily Somerville goes up for a lay-in earlier this season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Newcomer Emily Somerville goes up for a lay-in earlier this season. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

LAS VEGAS--The Adrian College women's basketball team could not get its offense in sync against nationally-ranked Hasting (Neb.) College in a 64-43 loss to the NAIA-scholarship Broncos to wrap up the Las Vegas Hoopla classic on Thursday.

Final Score: Hastings College 64, Adrian College 43

Location: Centennial Hills Community Center; Las Vegas, Nev.

Records: Hastings Broncos 12-2 overall; Adrian Bulldogs 4-6 overall (Note: Hastings is ranked No. 16 in the NAIA Division II coaches' poll)

= Sophomore Aly Kubik recorded game highs of seven rebounds and four steals while scoring seven points. 

= Classmate Emily Somerville led Adrian with eight points.  

= Senior Madison Nay scored a season-high six points and grabbed five rebounds, and freshman Sha'Trice Graves had a career day with five points and five rebounds.

= Freshman Rachel Bucher chipped in five rebounds--one shy of her career high--and established a personal record of three steals.

= Emma Grenfell and Jordan Johnson led the Broncos offense with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

= Rachel Jelden had six rebounds, Gabby Grasso scored six points with five rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots, and Shandra Farmer (6 points) chipped in four assists.

= Adrian committed 23 turnovers and Hastings capitalized by scoring almost half of its point total (31 of 64) off those miscues.

= Hastings shot only 37.9 percent from the field (22-58), but held the Bulldogs to just a 19.8 clip (17-57).

= The Broncos, who never trailed, jumped out to a 27-4 advantage after 10 minutes and led 34-6 on a jumper by Sophia Pankratz with 7 minutes and 21 seconds remaining in the first half.

= Adrian was unable to get the deficit under 20 points for most of the afternoon.

= The Hastings bench had a 32-16 scoring advantage.

= For the second straight day, Adrian faced a first-time opponent in Hastings (Neb.) College, which is affiliated with the NAIA-scholarship Great Plains Athletic Conference. On Wednesday, the Broncos defeated another NCAA Division III foe in SUNY Institute of Technology 88-59, while the Bulldogs lost a 62-59 heartbreaker to Concordia-Wisconsin.

= Two of Adrian's six losses this season have come to nationally-ranked opponents (Hope in NCAA III, Hastings in NAIA II), two scholarship programs (Hastings and Siena Heights) and the combined won-lost record of its foes is 50-17 which translates to a .746 winning percentage.

= The Bulldogs have their first three-game losing streak of the season.

= The team's 43 points is the fewest offensive output since Dec. 28, 2015, against NCAA III national power Amherst (67-43) at the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

= Adrian will take a Christmas break and return to the court of competition on Saturday, Dec. 30, for a non-conference contest at Defiance College. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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