ADRIAN, Mich. - Down 25-10 in the first half it looked like the Adrian College women's basketball might suffer its sixth straight loss. Head Coach Kathy Morris called a timeout and over the next six minutes the Bulldogs cut the lead down to five points against visiting Olivet College. That stretch kept Adrian in the game and ultimately led to a 64-63 win over the Comets after Olivet won 51-50 earlier at home this season.
The Bulldogs trailed 34-28 at halftime and shot just 34.6 percent from the floor and 2-of-9 from the arc. Olivet pushed the lead back to nine points at 43-34 just over two minutes into the second half. Adrian showed their mettle by continuing to chip into the lead and eventually took their first lead at 51-50 with 8:37 remaining.
The Comets once again built a five-point lead at 60-55 with 4:39 to play but it was the Bulldogs who made plays down the stretch. Senneca Scott made a pair of free throws with 1:57 left to give Adrian a 62-61 lead. Brittany Brown came right back and made a layup to put Olivet ahead 63-62 with 1:32 left. Then a series of missed opportunities led to the final scoring play. Kelsey Campbell turned the ball over with 16 seconds left and Scott picked up the ball and fed it to Katie Ross. The senior guard raced upcourt and made a driving layup with her off hand with 10 seconds to play to give AC a 64-63 lead. Olivet called timeout with 6.2 seconds left followed by another timeout by the Comets and a subsequent timeout by the Bulldogs. After the long pause, the Comets tried to go inside but Campbell's pass was deflected by Scott and stolen by LaQwana Dockery who dribbled out the clock.
Campbell led all scorers with 21 points after coming into the game averaging 9.2 points per game. Dockery led the Bulldogs with 14 points and made all four of her free throws. Amy Van Gessel added 12 points in the post and also grabbed eight rebounds. Ross finished with 10 points and five rebounds. AC shot 42.3 percent in the second half and held Olivet to 39.3 percent shooting. Adrian held a big edge at the foul line going 20-of-24 (83.3%) compared to 7-of-11 (63.6%) for the Comets. Adrian entered the game shooting 56.6 percent as a team this season at the charity stripe.
Adrian (7-11, 4-8 MIAA) will square off with rival Trine (10-11, 4-8 MIAA) on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3:00 PM in its annual Pink Zone game. The game helps raise money for breast cancer patient needs at local Bixby Hospital's Hickman Cancer Center. Last year the team raised over $6,500.