ADRIAN, Mich.--For the second consecutive outing, senior Jorden York tied her season high with 16 points, but NAIA-scholarship Siena Heights was able to hold off host Adrian for a 57-48 non-conference women's basketball win at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center on Tuesday. The Saints pick up their first road win of the season to improve to 3-2 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-3.
Despite the loss, Adrian still enjoys a 24-21 edge in the all-time series between city rivals. Tonight marks the end of the November schedule for Adrian.
April Watson was the only Saint in double figures with a game-high 17 points, plus she pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots. Lauren Wirth (8 points, 3 assists) gave Siena a strong presence on the glass with a game-best 11 rebounds, as the Saints outrebounded the Bulldogs 50-38.
The teams traded points in the first quarter with neither side leading by more than two points. Senior Antoinea McElroy gave the Bulldogs two of their three leads of 2-0 and 3-2, and York made a free throw with 3 minutes and 54 seconds left to put Adrian up one last time, 6-5.
Watson made a layup just before the first quarter buzzer to put Siena in the lead for good, 11-9. Siena Heights led 28-20 at the intermission.
The Bulldogs began the second half on a 7-2 run to close within 30-27 with 7:10 left in the third quarter. But the Saints closed on a 12-2 spurt to make it 42-29 heading into the final stanza, as Adrian couldn't get within nine the rest of the way.
Both teams struggled to shoot the ball as Siena made 33.3 percent from the field and Adrian was 27.3. The teams combined for 34 turnovers.
After the Thanksgiving break, Adrian brings in December with a date against Alma to tip-off the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association docket on Wednesday, Dec. 2, here at home. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.