Boggs Late Triple Lifts Bulldogs to 61-59 Win over Albion

Nicole Boggs
Nicole Boggs

ADRIAN, Mich. – The late game heroics by senior guard Nicole Boggs lifted the Adrian College women's baskeball team to a 61-59 win over Albion College on Saturday afternoon. Boggs with the shot clock running down connected on a deep three-pointer from the top of the key with 11.4 seconds left to give Adrian (2-3, 2-0) a 60-59 lead against the visiting Britons. Albion then called timeout and set up a play for Taylor Nugent to drive to the basket, but her shot fell off the rim and junior Lauren Rhoads grabbed the rebound and was fouled with two seconds left. She walked down to the other end of the floor and made the first free throw before missing the second intentionally, because Albion was without a timeout. Albion had to shoot a three-quarter court shot as time expired, which fell well short.

Adrian opened the game on a 9-0 run over the first 5:51 of the game. Albion then scored the next seven points to cut the lead to two. The Bulldogs used another spurt to build an 18-7 lead with 10:29 left in the opening half. The Britons would not go away however and with 4:04 left in the half took their first lead of the game at 24-23. Albion led 31-29 at the break after shooting 36 percent in the first half.

It was a single possession game in the second half until the 8:32 mark when Albion took a 48-44 lead after a pair of Katie Thompson free throws. The Bulldogs regained a 54-51 lead with 3:58 left in the contest on a Jasmine Byers layup. The game was tied for the sixth time at 56-56 with 2:19 remaining to set up the late game scenario. Tanner Johnson made a big triple for Albion to give them a 59-56 lead with 1:22 to go and Byers split at the foul line to get Adrian within two with 1:02 remaining.

Antoinea McElroy got a steal with 42 seconds left and drove the lane but missed the shot and the ball went off an Albion player. Adrian called timeout to diagram the final play. Boggs drilled the shot with an assist from Byers.

Boggs finished with nine points and made her only three-pointer of the game when it mattered the most. Rhoads and McElroy led the team with 12 points. Rhoads made three field goals including a triple and five free throws. McElroy made her first six shots and finished 6-of-8 from the floor off the bench in 18 minutes. Adrian shot 38.3 percent (23-of-60) for the game while Albion made 17-of-49 (34.7 percent).