NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Adrian College women's basketball team completed a season sweep over Saint Mary's and ran their winning streak over the Belles to four games with a 76-66 road win on Wednesday. The Bulldogs came into the game dropping three of their last four, but evened their overall record to 9-9 (5-5 MIAA) behind 22 points from senior Lauren Rhoads. Rhoads tied a career-high on a night where she shot 8-of-15 from the floor including 4-of-10 from behind the arc. She also grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists while playing all 40 minutes.
Three other Bulldogs were in double figures against the Belles (5-13, 3-6 MIAA) including senior LaQwana Dockery (16 points), senior Amy Van Gessel (11 points) and junior TraeVie Shelton (10 points). Dockery reached double digits for the seventh straight game while Shelton hit 10-plus points for the first time in five games. Van Gessel returned to her home state and scored double figures for the third time this season in 13 games.
Adrian proved to be efficient from the floor shooting 53.7 percent (29-of-54) which is a season-high in a conference game. The second half was particularly impressive going 15-of-24 including 12-of-16 inside the arc. The Belles also had four players in double figures led by 16 points from Krista Knapke. Saint Mary's shot 41.3 percent (26-of-63) from the floor but were 13-of-34 (38.2 percent) including 1-of-6 from the arc in the second half.
The Bulldogs held a 38-26 advantage in the paint and also scored 23 points off turnovers. Adrian's bench also had 17 points including six from Stephany Bohlmann who connected on two triples in three chances. The contest featured five ties and four lead changes as the Bulldogs took the lead for good at 24-23 with 5:07 left in the first half. Adrian led by as many as 14 points in the second half with a 54-40 lead with 11:10 remaining. The Bulldogs will travel to Albion on Saturday, Feb. 1 for a 3 p.m. tip against the Britons.