Host Fighting Scots Fend Off Bulldogs in Nan Nichols Classic Final, 75-74

Host Fighting Scots Fend Off Bulldogs in Nan Nichols Classic Final, 75-74

WOOSTER, Ohio--Senior Amber McCullough and junior Marissa Cotton pumped in 18 points apiece to lead all scorers, but Adrian College couldn't contain Wooster's perimeter game as the Fighting Scots escaped with a 75-74 victory Sunday in the Nan Nichols Classic at Timken Gymnasium. The visiting Bulldogs fall to 1-2 on the season while Wooster improves to 4-0.

Like yesterday, McCullough came off the bench to spark the Bulldogs who trailed 63-57 with 8 minutes and 33 seconds left in the contest. She connected on 7 of 10 field goals, grabbed nine rebounds, had two steals and blocked a shot. Senior Jorden York chipped in 16 points.

Anna Gibbs (6 assists) led Wooster with 16 points, followed by Lauren Hancher (7 rebounds, 5 assists) with 13 and Danielle Besancon, 10. Rachel Collins contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

Wooster led 75-71 with 36 seconds to go, but McCullough--who was chosen for the all-tournament team--converted a three-point play off a missed AC field goal attempt to make it a one-point contest with 24 ticks left. 

On the ensuing inbounds play, Wooster called timeout to set up its defense but threw the ball away at midcourt, giving the Bulldogs one last possession to try to get the game-winning basket. But Gibbs preserved the win with a steal with 4 seconds remaining as the Bulldogs couldn't get off a final shot.

The Scots made 11 of 20 3-point field goals while holding Adrian to just one trey. Both teams shot around 38.0 percent overall from the floor. Adrian outscored Wooster at the free throw line, going 17-for-24 compared to 14-for-22.

Adrian again flexed its muscles by holding a 50 to 42 rebounding advantage, including 20 offensive rebounds to translate to 21 second-chance points. The Bulldogs also outscored the Scots in the paint, 46-20.

The teams were tied 37-all at the break. Neither team led by more than six points, as Adrian's biggest lead of three, 29-26, came late in the second quarter. Adrian's last lead came at the 2:09 (71-70) mark of the fourth on a York layup.

Besides McCullough, the other members of the All-Classic Team included MVP Gibbs of host Wooster; her teammate, Lauren Hancher, Wooster; Allison Nash, Hanover; and Kelsey Wolffis, Alma.

Adrian returns home to the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center on Tuesday when it hosts crosstown NAIA foe Siena Heights; tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.