LEXINGTON, Ky. – The women's basketball team opened the 2013-14 season at Transylvania on Friday in the first game of the Besuden Classic. Senior LaQwana Dockery opened up her final year in style with a career-high 27 points including tying a career-high with 11 free throws in an 80-71 loss to the Pioneers. Dockery made eight field goals and also had five rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes.
Both teams shot much better in the second half after going into the locker room with the Pioneers leading 32-29. The Bulldogs shot 38.9 percent in the second half from the floor and Transylvania shot 44.4 percent. Adrian took their first lead of the game at 6-5 after the Pioneers scored the first five points of the game. The Bulldogs built their lead to 11-7 at the 14:04 mark on a pair of free throws by Dockery. The first half was mostly a single possession game in both directions and there were eight lead changes and six ties in the opening 20 minutes.
The Pioneers built a five-point lead early in the second half before Adrian used a 12-4 run over a six-minute period to regain a 43-40 lead with 13:00 left. Transylvania surged ahead 51-45 with 10:52 left after a layup by Nicole Coffman. Coffman led all scorers with 31 points. Adrian got to within one point of the lead six times in the final 10 minutes but could not take a lead. Transylvania built their lead to eight at 68-60 with 2:43 left and Adrian could not mount a comeback.
Adrian outrebounded Transylvania, 52-50, with each team grabbing 15 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs had a good night at the foul line going 19-of-24. Sophomore Antoinea McElroy had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. Senior Casey Fougerousse added 11 points and was 3-of-8 from behind the arc.