ADRIAN, Mich.--For the three quarters, the Adrian College women's basketball team proved its mettle against nationally-ranked DePauw University (No. 15 USA TODAY Sports/WBCA, No. 19 D3hoops) on opening night Saturday at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center. But in the final stanza, the Tigers--owners of two NCAA Division III national championships in their history--were able to wear the Bulldogs down for a 68-42 non-conference win.
Emily Budde led three Tiger scorers in double-digits with a game-best 13 points, followed by Abby Keller and Claire Ryan with 11 apiece.
Adrian led for most of the first quarter as a jumper by freshman Ashley Morris (5 points) gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead at 7-4 with 4 minutes and 38 seconds to go. Cotton hit a 3-pointer to knot the score at 10-all after the opening 10 minutes.
An Angela Hacker (9 points) jumper at the 4:18 mark gave DePauw a 20-11 lead before the Bulldogs clawed back within 20-16 with 1:49 before halftime. The Tigers led 22-18 at the intermission.
In the second half, Adrian was still close at 24-20 down after a pair of Cotton free throws with 7:56 left in the third quarter.
DePauw maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way after Jenna Stoner (7 points) hit a jumper to make it 36-26 with 2:33 remaining in the third. The Tigers led by as many as 30 points.
For the game, DePauw held Adrian to 26.5 percent field goal shooting (13-49) and outscored the Bulldogs 34-14 in the paint. The Tigers shot 48.3 percent from the floor (29-60) and held a 46-32 advantage in rebounds.
Adrian returns to action next Saturday and Sunday at the Nan Nichols Classic in Wooster, Ohio, where it will play Hanover in the opener and then host Wooster the next afternoon. Both contests are scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m.
(Story by Patrick Stewart; Photo courtesy of Mike Dickie)