Freshman Sha'Trice Graves' First Career Double-Double Carries Adrian Past Illinois Tech, 84-73

Freshman Sha'Trice Graves had a breakout performance with her first career double-double in Adrian's 84-73 win over Illinois Tech Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Freshman Sha'Trice Graves had a breakout performance with her first career double-double in Adrian's 84-73 win over Illinois Tech Saturday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshman Sha'Trice Graves came off the bench to spark the Adrian College women's basketball team with career highs of 17 rebounds and 17 points, helping the Bulldogs to an 84-73 non-conference victory Saturday over visiting Illinois Tech. 

THE BASICS
Final Score: Adrian College 84, Illinois Institute of Technology 73

Location: Merillat Sport & Fitness Center; Adrian, Mich.

Records: Adrian Bulldogs 5-10 overall; Illinois Tech Scarlet Hawks 0-14 overall

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore Emily Somerville led Adrian with a career-best 25 points on seven 3-pointers.

= Graves played 27 minutes, connecting on eight of 14 shots from the floor. She also posted a Bulldog season's best four blocked shots.

= Sophomore Alivia Kondrath also notched double digits with 11 points, a career high. She added three steals.

= Junior Ashley Morris dished seven assists to pace all playmakers, tying her previous career high set Nov. 29 at Alma.

= Sophomore Angelina Goosby and freshman Rachel Bucher both pulled down six rebounds. Goosby also had three steals while Bucher had two, plus two blocks.

THE OPPOSITION
= Shannon O'Donnell led all scorers with 32 points on 9-for-14 field goal shooting and 14-of-16 from the free throw line. She completed a double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds and stuffed the stats sheet with five assists and three steals.

= Erin Efimoff and Madison Davis added 20 and 12 points, respectively. Efimoff had eight rebounds and three steals while Davis offered six assists and two steals.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The teams played a close first quarter as Adrian led 16-15, but the Bulldogs outscored the Scarlet Hawks in the second, 30-14, to take control by halftime up 46-29.

= Sophomore Aly Kubik (9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) ignited Adrian's decisive run by scoring six of the team's first eight points to start the second quarter, and Somerville added 11 points on the strength of three 3balls.

= In the second half, Adrian maintained a double-digit lead for most of it although Tech did manage to cut the deficit to 72-64 on a Davis trey with 8 minutes and 14 seconds left in the contest.

= But the Bulldogs responded with a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to go up, 82-64, never threatened again.

= Adrian made nine more field goals (32-23) and eight more 3-pointers (11-3). Illinois Tech tried to stay in the game by making 24 of 35 free throws.

= Adrian's strong rebounding helped the Bulldogs earn 26 second-chance points to 15 for Tech. The Bulldogs won the glass, 49-34. Graves was the catalyst with 10 offensive boards alone.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Today, Adrian established team season highs for points (84), three-pointers (11), offensive rebounds (24), blocked shots (9), steals (12) and assists (18).

= Tech has lost 17 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 14, 2017.

= Adrian defeated Tech, 81-27, in the teams' only previous meeting last season in Chicago.

= Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) is a NCAA Division III Provisional which currently has full national affiliation with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

= Usha Gilmore, the Scarlet Hawks' fourth-year head coach, is a former NCAA Division I standout at Rutgers University who played for the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association in 2000.

= Adrian's 35 three-point field goal attempts ties the school record set on Dec. 7, 2000, against Bluffton. (Two shy of the single-game mark of 13.)

= The nine blocks are the second-most in Bulldogs' history.

UP NEXT
= Adrian resumes Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action the rest of the way as it travels to Olivet on Wednesday to take on the Comets, starting at 7:30 p.m.

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