Rachel Bucher's Career-High 19 Points Leads Women's Basketball Past Hornets, 65-58

Rachel Bucher scored a career- and game-high 19 points to lead Adrian to a 65-58 MIAA win over visiting Kalamazoo on Feb. 5, 2020. (Photo provided)
Rachel Bucher scored a career- and game-high 19 points to lead Adrian to a 65-58 MIAA win over visiting Kalamazoo on Feb. 5, 2020. (Photo provided)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Junior Rachel Bucher poured in a career-best 19 points to lead all scorers, and classmate Sha'Trice Graves added game highs of 16 rebounds and four blocked shots, to power Adrian to a 65-58 win Wednesday over visiting Kalamazoo in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's basketball action. 

THE BASICS
Final Score: Adrian College 65, Kalamazoo College 58

Location: Merillat Sport and Fitness Center; Adrian, Mich.

Records: Adrian Bulldogs, 8-12 overall (2-9 MIAA); Kalamazoo Hornets, 4-16 overall (2-9 MIAA)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Sophomore Chelsea Palmer chipped in 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting off the bench.

= Classmate Addison Bergman produced six points, seven rebounds, four blocks and a career- and game-high six assists.

= Bucher finished 8-for-12 from the field on a mix of driving layups and mid-range jumpers. She also nine rebounds and two assists.

= Sophomore Alexis Sillman contributed four points, four assists and three rebounds.  

THE OPPOSITION
= Kaytlyn Tidey led Kzoo with 17 points on five treys and she had three rebounds with five assists.

= Isabelle Clark scored 10 points to go with four rebounds and two assists.

= Sierra Fraser led the Hornets with 10 rebounds and made 6 of 6 from the free throw line with two assists.

= Georgie Andrews (4 points) led all players with four steals and she pulled down eight rebounds.   

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian held Kalamazoo to a .297 field goal percentage (22-74) and outrebounded the Hornets 47 to 41.

= The first quarter featured a tie and a lead change as Adrian held a 16-14 lead after 10 minutes.

= In the second quarter, Adrian began to assert itself as Bucher's layup snapped a 18-all tie and ignited a 9-0 run over a 2-minute, 59-second span that she ended with a jumper from the left baseline.

= Adrian carried that momentum into the locker room with a 33-25 advantage at halftime.

= The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 16 points, 51-35, in the third quarter when Sillman scored on a fastbreak outlet pass from sophomore Rylee Campbell (8 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals) off a steal with 1:36 left.

= But Kzoo battled back to eventually get within 57-50 on a Tidey 3ball at the 7:00 mark of the fourth quarter. Tidey had nine points during the Hornets' 15-6 run over the end of the third and start of the fourth.

= The Hornets continued to chip away and made the deficit 61-58 on Mya Gough's jumper with 4:17 left in the game.

= The Bulldogs defense, however, didn't allow the Hornets to score the rest of the way as senior Alivia Kondrath made a key three-pointer from the wing to seal the win. 

= Adrian made 26 of 61 field goals for 42.6 percent.

= Kalamazoo had 19 offensive rebounds to give it 19 second-chance points to get back in the game during the second half.

= The Bulldogs dominated the paint where they scored 32 points to 18 for KC. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian snaps a four-game losing streak while extending the Hornets' to five.

= Graves widened her MIAA lead with a 10.4 rebounding average. She also is second in the conference with 47 blocks, increasing her career total to 151--which is just two shy of Ann Terpstra's all-time record (1996-2000).

= Clark and Tidey rank fourth and fifth in MIAA-scoring with 14.7 and 13.1 points per game, respectively.

= Adrian evens the season series as Kalamazoo won a squeaker, 63-62, on Jan. 11 in Kalamazoo. The Bulldogs hold a commanding all-time series lead of 69-32, including 35-17 at home.

UP NEXT
= Adrian hosts nationally No. 2-ranked and MIAA leader Hope at 3 p.m. Saturday.   

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