Women's Basketball Drops 69-55 Road Decision at Hiram

Madison Caldwell (pictured, center) eyes a spot to contend for a rebound. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Madison Caldwell (pictured, center) eyes a spot to contend for a rebound. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

HIRAM, Ohio--Senior guard Ashley Morris canned a game-high 22 points and sophomore forward Sha'Trice Graves pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Adrian women's basketball team fell to host Hiram, 69-55, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Hiram College 69, Adrian College 55

Location: Hiram, Ohio; Price Gymnasium

Records: Hiram Terriers 5-5 overall, 1-2 NCAC; Adrian Bulldogs 4-6 overall, 0-3 MIAA 

TOP 'DAWGS
= Graves, who scored seven points, also led all student-athletes with six blocked shots.

= Sophomore Madison Caldwell had seven points, six rebounds and a steal in 17 minutes off the bench.

= Senior Katie Crawford had a season's best seven rebounds.

= Morris, who made all six of her free throw attempts, also had three rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks.

THE OPPOSITION
= Tashauna Wright led the Terriers with 21 points on 8-for-12 field goal shooting. 

= Erica Johnson and Paris Thompson topped the team on the glass with eight rebounds apiece.

= Reserve Josie Earnhardt and starter Madison Branch also reached double digits with 17 and 10 points, respectively.

= Branch also contributed three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Hiram outscored Adrian 21-12 in the first quarter and 22-10 in the fourth.

= Both teams shot the same from the field at 32.8 percent, but the host Terriers were 9-for-25 (36.0 percent) from three-point land while the Bulldogs were 4-for-16 (25.0).

= Hiram's bench outscored Adrian's 26-11.

= The Bulldogs held the lead for the first six minutes after the opening tip until Alainna Conroy (6 points) hit a trey that ignited a 12-2 run that turned a 5-4 deficit into a 16-7 lead with 3 minutes and 35 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Hiram led 21-12 after 10 minutes.

= Adrian fought back in the second quarter, eventually narrowing the gap to 28-25 after a Graves layin with 1:14 left in the first half. Hiram went up 30-25 at the intermission.

= In the second half, the Bulldogs fought back from a 37-27 deficit after a Wright tip-in at 6:15 of the third quarter to close within 46-45 after an Emily Somerville trey (8 points) with 59 seconds left in the third quarter. Morris and Somerville keyed the comeback bid with eight and six points, respectively.

= But the Bulldogs were unable to get the lead again that they enjoyed in the early moments of the contest, as the Terriers scored 23 of the game's final 33 points to fend off Adrian.

= Adrian had a big presence inside the paint, outscoring Hiram 24-12 there.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Today was Adrian's first game after final exams for the fall semester.

= This was the first meeting ever between the programs; Hiram competes in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

= Graves leads the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with 3.9 blocks per game and came into the contest ranked second nationally in NCAA Division III with 33 total.

= With 39 now on the season, Graves ties Kim Olech (2007-08) and Ann Terpstra (1998-99) for the fourth-most in a single season in Bulldogs history.

= Junior Alivia Kondrath is second in MIAA three-point percentage at .448, making 13 of 29 from "downtown." Graves also is second in conference rebounding--8.3 rebounds per game.

= Graves also leapfrogged two places to No. 7 on the career list with 69 blocks.

= Morris is Adrian's leading scorer at 15.0 points per outing.

UP NEXT
= Adrian has a quick turnaround on Monday when it hosts MIAA foe Kalamazoo at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center, with a 7:30 first tip.

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