Women's Basketball Sets Season Record for Blocked Shots at Finlandia University

Emily Somerville makes a pass to a teammate. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Emily Somerville makes a pass to a teammate. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

HANCOCK, Mich.--Despite a tough 85-78 non-conference loss in overtime on the road to Finlandia, the Adrian College women's basketball team was credited with eight blocked shots against the Lions today to set a single-season program record.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Finlandia University 85, Adrian College 78 (overtime)

Location: Paavo Nurmi Center; Hancock, Mich.

Records: Finlandia Lions 4-14 overall (0-0 ACAA); Adrian Bulldogs 5-11 overall (1-6 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Ashley Morris had game highs of seven assists and 12 rebounds, completing a double-double with 25 points. She also had two blocks.

= Sophomore Sha'Trice Graves had eight rebounds and three blocks.

= Classmate Rachel Bucher shot 6-of-10 from the field to score 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double of her own. She added three steals.

= Junior Emily Somerville chipped in 10 points and four assists.

THE OPPOSITION
= Katie Lundeen scored a game-high 34 points on 12-for-21 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to complete a double-double.

= Maria Austin also notched a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

= Toria Nagy contributed seven points, eight rebounds and tied Bucher with a game-high three steals.

= Molly Berg led the Lions with five assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The Lions outscored the Bulldogs 15-8 in the extra five-minute session. 

= In overtime, Adrian scored the first three points on a free throw from Morris and layup by Somerville to lead 73-70. Austin spurred a 9-0 run by scoring seven points to propel the Lions ahead for good 79-73 with 2 minutes and 14 seconds left. 

= Finlandia forced OT when Lundeen made a layup with 10 seconds remaining, knotting it 70-70. After Lundeen missed a free throw to try to complete a three-point play, Adrian had two good looks to try and win the game in regulation. Somerville's trey from the right wing rimmed in and out at four seconds and Graves got the offensive board, but couldn't put up her shot in time.

= Trailing 65-61 under the four-minute mark in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs eventually went ahead 70-68 on the strength of treys from Morris at the right elbow and Somerville from the right corner with 1:13 left.

= Finlandia had 21 offensive rebounds that helped the Lions outscore the Bulldogs 17-2 in second-chance points. Overall, FU 49 to 46 rebounding advantage.

= Adrian held the largest lead of the game for either side in the second quarter, 32-23, with 2:42 remaining. The Bulldogs held a slim 32-31 halftime lead.

= The Lions' bench outscored the Bulldogs 32-14 and also had the edge in free throws, 22-of-27 to 14-of-27.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs have 94 blocks on the season to eclipse the 89 the 2017-18 squad recorded.

= Finlandia is a member of the American Collegiate Athletic Association in women's basketball.

= Graves continues to lead the conference with 54 blocks--which ranks second on the school's all-time single-season chart.

= Bucher tied her career high for rebounds (11) while recording her first career double-double.

= Morris, who reached the 800-point plateau (809), posted her fourth career double-double while tying her personal record of 25 points and setting one for rebounds (12). 

UP NEXT
= Adrian resumes the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association slate the rest of the season, beginning with a road game at Olivet on Wednesday (6 p.m.).

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(Editor's note: After video review, Finlandia updated Graves' block totals from two.)