ADRIAN, Mich. - The women's basketball team has won three of their last four games to improve to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in the MIAA with a 62-52 win over visiting Saint Mary's (Ind.) College on Wednesday, Jan. 4. The win for Adrian snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Belles with their last win coming Jan. 21, 2006.
The duo of Lauren Rhoads and Senneca Scott came off the bench to spark the offense. Rhoads scored a career-high 16 points after scoring just 11 points coming into the game all season. Rhoads hit her first three-pointer of the season and finished 5-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Scott recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. She went 7-of-14 from the floor and also had a pair of blocked shots. Scott also set career-highs in points and rebounds.
The Belles (5-8, 1-3 MIAA) looked good early with a 10-0 run to start the game forcing two timeouts from the Adrian bench. The Bulldogs started the slow climb back into the game and cut the lead to 16-11 with 9:01 left in the opening half. The Bulldogs ended the first half on a 16-0 run which propelled them to a 27-18 lead at the break. Adrian hit the offensive glass aggressively and had 14 second-chance points in the first half.
Adrian continued its hot play in the second half and increased their lead to 41-29 with 14:26 left after a three-pointer by Jayma Nihart. The Bulldogs held onto a double-digit lead until 1:29 left when Saint Mary's cut the lead to 60-52 on a layup by Jessica Centa. Rhoads then hit a pair of free throws late to push the final tally to 62-52.
Adrian shot 39.7 percent (25-of-63) from the floor for the game but were 14-of-26 (53.8%) from the floor in the second half. AC outrebounded Saint Mary's, 49-35, including 18 offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points. The Adrian bench also had a 40-7 edge in scoring and outgained the Belles, 30-16, in the paint.