Visiting UWRF Falcons Soar Past Bulldogs, 84-61, in First-Ever Meeting

Freshman Rylee Campbell drives the baseline. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Freshman Rylee Campbell drives the baseline. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

ADRIAN, Mich.-- Visiting Wisconsin-River Falls shot 53.3 percent from the field while holding Adrian to a 38.5 clip, and built a huge 50-19 first-half lead, on the way to an 84-61 non-conference win in women's basketball action on Saturday to wrap up the 2018 calendar year.

THE BASICS
Final Score: University of Wisconsin at River Falls 84, Adrian College 61

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

Records: UW-River Falls 6-5 overall, 0-0 WIAC; Adrian Bulldogs 5-7 overall, 1-3 MIAA 

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Alivia Kondrath led Adrian with 14 points, including 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

= Freshman Rylee Campbell netted 10 points off the bench to go along with four rebounds. She tied teammate Rachel Bucher (6 points) with four assists. 

= Sophomore Sha'Trice Graves led all student-athletes with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.

THE OPPOSITION
= Crystal Pearson scored a game-high 23 points on 9 for 13 field goal shooting. She also had four rebounds and four assists.

= Brianna Leahy and Lori Wardynski both came off the bench to contribute 13 and 10 points, respectively.

= Jenna Zeman added nine points and game highs of five assists and five steals.

= Madelyn O'Brien led Wis.-River Falls on the glass with five rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian committed 21 turnovers that resulted in 22 points for the Falcons, who also outscored the Bulldogs in the paint, 46 to 24.

= Down 50-19 at halftime, the Bulldogs didn't back down in the second half when they outscored UWRF 25-16 in third quarter, but still couldn't overcome the slow start to the contest as the Falcons maintained their sound double-digit advantage.

= The Bulldogs held leads of 2-0 and 4-2 after buckets by Ashley Morris and Emily Somerville before UWRF went on a 19-0 tear over a span of 6 minutes and 23 seconds to take control. During that time, Adrian had seven turnovers while the Falcons made eight of 11 field goals.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= This afternoon marked the first meeting between the programs. Adrian falls to 1-5 all-time against the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

= Graves extended her nation-leading blocked shots total to 45, which are third-most in an Adrian single-season. Today, she passed Tricia Clark who had 43 during the 1994-95 campaign.

= Graves also moves up on the school's career blocks chart with 75, tying Joanne Isaacson (1988-89, '90-92) for third place all-time.

= Adrian got nice production from its bench as the reserves scored 32 points.

= The Falcons, who average just over 60 points offensively for the season, have scored 87 and 84 in back-to-back contests.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will have its first game for the new calendar year on Wednesday, Jan. 2, when the Bulldogs host Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Calvin at 7:30 p.m. The game will be part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week as the Bulldogs and the MIAA have partnered with Prostate Cancer Understanding Prevention and Screenings (P.C.U.P.S.) to sponsor education and raise money against the disease.

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