Women's Basketball Captures Alvernia College Tournament Third-Place Game with Solid Defensive Effort

Katy Shannon is ready on the defensive side of the floor. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Katy Shannon is ready on the defensive side of the floor. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

READING, Pa.--The Adrian College women's basketball team used a suffocating defense by holding Penn College to a .341 field goal percentage and forcing 27 turnovers to whip the Wildcats, 68-43, in the third-place of the 2019 Alvernia College Tournament on Sunday afternoon. 

THE BASICS
Final Score: Adrian College 68, Penn College of Technology 43

Location: AC Physical Education Center at Jack McCloskey Court; Reading, Pa. 

Records: Adrian Bulldogs, 3-1 overall (0-0 MIAA); Penn College Wildcats, 0-2 overall (0-0 NEAC)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Sha'Trice Graves paced Adrian with a game-high 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting. She also had six rebounds and two blocked shots.

= Classmate Arjanae Morgan (6 points) led the Bulldogs with four assists and had a game- and career-high five steals.

= Sophomore Addison Bergman came off the bench to contribute 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.

= Junior Rachel Bucher led the team with eight rebounds and scored eight points.

THE OPPOSITION
= Reserve Ja'quela Dyer led Penn College with nine points, followed by Cassi Kuhns with eight and Madison Klock had seven. Dyer also had seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

= Keyona Shoff (4 points) and Kuhns chipped in five rebounds apiece.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian used a full-court press in the first quarter on the way to a 19-13 lead after 10 minutes. In the early going, the game featured six lead changes and six ties before Bucher's layup with 6 minutes and 23 seconds left put the Bulldogs ahead for good.

= Adrian led 35-25 at the intermission and took control in the third quarter by outscoring the Wildcats 19-6 for a commanding 54-31 advantage.

= Bulldogs head coach Kathy Morris was able to deploy most of her bench in the second half and most of the fourth quarter to allow for reserves to gain valuable playing time, as 12 student-athletes scored at least one point.

= Penn College committed 27 turnovers as Adrian took advantage to score 27 points off those miscues.

= The Bulldogs took care of the glass, too, outrebounding the Wildcats 40-31, getting 22 second-chance points (to seven for Penn College).

= In addition, AC's bench outscored PC's 29-18 and the Bulldogs won the paint, 40-14.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Penn College is a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

= The all-tournament team consisted of Graves from Adrian, Julia Ewen and Cat Kramer from host Alvernia, and Channel Jemmot and Most Valuable Player Taylor George of Brooklyn.

= Graves tops the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with a .690 field goal percentage (20-29) while ranking third with 34 rebounds and fourth with 50 points.

= Sophomore Rylee Campbell, who had six points today, is first in the MIAA with 12 three-point field goals and fifth with a .414 percentage.

= Adrian is a good ball-sharing team so far this young season, averaging 15.5 assists to rank second in the conference.

UP NEXT
= Adrian hosts crosstown rival and NAIA-scholarship Siena Heights on Tuesday, Nov. 26, just before the Thanksgiving break. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center.

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