Host Kalamazoo Hornets Nip Women's Basketball by a Point, 63-62

Alexis Sillman goes up for layup during the 2019-20 season. (Photo provided)
Alexis Sillman goes up for layup during the 2019-20 season. (Photo provided)

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Junior Sha'Trice Graves led Adrian with 14 points and had a season-high six blocked shots, and sophomore newcomer Chelsea Palmer shined with eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, but Darby Scott made a crucial free throw to help Kalamazoo hold off the Bulldogs for a 63-62 victory in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's basketball action on Saturday. 

THE BASICS
Final Score: Kalamazoo College 63, Adrian College 62

Location: Anderson Athletic Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Records: Kalamazoo Hornets, 3-11 overall (1-4 MIAA); Adrian Bulldogs, 5-8 overall (0-5 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Graves added seven rebounds.

= Sophomore Rylee Campbell chipped in 11 points and four steals.

= Freshman Kiara Wernette (6 points, 5 rebounds) produced an AC season-high-tying six steals to tie for the game lead and dished a game-high four assists.

= Junior Rachel Bucher (8 points) had eight rebounds. 

= Palmer, formerly of Jackson College, had the best game of your brief Bulldog career with eight points, game-high 10 rebounds and four blocks.

THE OPPOSITION
= Kaytlyn Tidey led Kzoo with a game-high 22 points and she had four rebounds with three assists.

= Isabelle Clark added 21 points and six rebounds.

= Georgie Andrews (5 points) led the team with six steals and nine rebounds.  

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian led 54-48 on Campbell's 3ball with 5 minutes and 43 seconds left in the contest. But the Bulldogs went cold after that, missing seven field goal attempts and making two turnovers.

= The back-and-forth game included seven ties and six lead changes.

= Clark made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining to give Kzoo a 62-58 lead.

= After Scott connected on the second of two free throws with 6 seconds left for a 63-59 lead, Campbell drained a trey to account for the final score margin.

= The teams were virtually identical in most statistical departments, with Adrian having the best depth by outscoring the Hornets' bench 20 to 9. The Bulldogs also had 17 offensive rebounds to give them 18 second-chance points.

= Adrian led by as many as eight points in the first half before going up 33-27 at the intermission.

= Kalamazoo had its biggest lead of six points, 8-2, very early in the game. Tidey had five points during that quick start.

= The teams were tied 13-13 after the first quarter. Campbell made a three-pointer to get the Bulldogs going after being down early.

= Adrian led 45-41 going into the fourth quarter.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Despite the loss, Adrian still leads Kzoo in the all-time series, 68-32, including 33-15 in Kalamazoo.

= Bucher also had six steals in the season opener.

= Graves maintains her first-place status on the MIAA rebounding chart with 9.6 per game, and now she ranks second with 31 blocks.

UP NEXT
= Adrian steps out of conference play on Wednesday to host Mount Mary in the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center, starting at 5 p.m. 

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