Sha'Trice Graves Pulls Down Game-High 11 Rebounds in Loss to Nationally-Ranked Trine

Sophomore Sha'Trice Graves set the school single-season record for blocked shots on Feb. 2, 2019. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Sophomore Sha'Trice Graves set the school single-season record for blocked shots on Feb. 2, 2019. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian hung with a top-ten nationally ranked team in Trine for the first half, but the visiting Thunder shot 63 percent in the second half to pull away for an 84-53 victory in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's basketball action on Saturday.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Trine University 84, Adrian College 53 

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

Records: Trine Thunder 19-2 overall (12-0 MIAA); Adrian Bulldogs 9-12 overall (5-7 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Emily Somerville and freshman Rylee Campbell led Adrian offensively with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

= Sophomore Sha'Trice Graves led all student-athletes with 11 rebounds and set a school record for blocked shots.

= Classmate Rachel Bucher led the team with four assists and two steals while adding nine points.

THE OPPOSITION
= Cassidy Williams posted game highs of 14 points and five assists.

= All-American Brandi Dawson added 12 points and three rebounds.

= Montana Martin had six rebounds for Trine, which outrebounded Adrian by a slim 31-28 margin.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Trine capitalized on 21 Adrian turnovers into 30 points.

= The Thunder, who shot 50 percent (26-52) from the field overall, made 17-of-27 for a .629 percentage in the second half and outscored the Bulldogs 51-34 to pull away.

= The game was scoreless for the first two-and-a-half minutes before Trine opened with a 6-0 run.

= Adrian battled back to within 7-6 on two Bucher buckets and a jumper by senior Katie Crawford.

= Trine, which never trailed, led 11-8 after the first quarter and opened things up in the second outscoring the Bulldogs 22-11 to take a comfortable 33-19 lead at the intermission.

= The Bulldogs were unable to cut the deficit to single digits in the second half.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Graves broke Ann Terpstra's school record for blocks in a season with 65. Terpstra had 64 during the 1997-98 season.

= Trine is ranked in the national polls: No. 8 by D3hoops.com and No. 9 by the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association.

= The Thunder have won the last six meetings to tie the all-time series at 17 wins apiece. Adrian is 10-7 at home against Trine.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host Albion in a MIAA contest at 7:30 p.m. Monday, which was originally scheduled for last Wednesday but moved twice because of severe cold weather to hit the region middle of this week.

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