ADRIAN, Mich. - The women's basketball team held a 33-28 halftime lead against Kalamazoo on Saturday night, but managed 23 points and shot 24.1 percent in the second half of a 62-56 defeat at the Merillat Center Gymnasium. The first half was very fierce as there were five ties and four lead changes. Adrian jumped ahead 7-2 in the opening three-plus minutes and then the Hornets scored the next seven points to take a 9-7 lead at the 13:29 mark.
Neither team built more than a possession lead until Adrian went ahead 26-21 after a triple by Antoinea McElroy and a jumper by Brigitte Zavithsanos with 4:20 remaining in the half. The Bulldogs led by nine points, 32-23, after a Marissa Cotton basket with 2:30 to go before leading by five at the break.
The Bulldogs held onto the lead until the 8:38 mark of the second half when Kalamazoo went ahead 44-42 after a fast-break layup by Grace Smith. The Hornets would not give back the lead increasing it to 54-47 with 5:03 to play after an Emily Lindsay triple. Kalamazoo scored 11 points off turnovers in the second half compared to zero for the Bulldogs.
Cotton scored in double figures for the ninth time this season leading the team with 16 points. She shot 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 at the free throw line in 31 minutes. Jasmyne Owens scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes. Amber McCullough scored 11 points off the bench and grabbed nine rebounds in 29 minutes. McElroy finished the game with seven points, five rebounds and four blocked shots.