The women's basketball team needed a big road win at Kalamazoo to keep their postseason hopes alive and they delivered with a 69-66 win over the Hornets at Anderson Athletic Center on Saturday. The Bulldogs and Hornets now have identical 12-10, 8-6 MIAA records and both sit in fourth place with just two regular season games remaining. The top four spots will qualify for the MIAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 12 points in the opening minutes of the second half, but got keys baskets when they needed them and turned the tide. Adrian not only came back to take the lead with under seven minutes remaining, but they built an eight-point lead with 5:32 to play. Kalamazoo did not let up and went on a 9-0 run over three minutes to take a one-point lead.
The Bulldogs did not record a field goal after building that eight-point lead in the final 5:32 of the contest, but did make just enough free throws to secure the win. Adrian finished the game 18-of-29 at the charity stripe and overcome shooting just 57.1 percent at the foul line in the second half.
Senior Lauren Rhoads split a pair of free throws with four seconds left to make it a three-point lead and give the Hornets one last chance. Kalamazoo did get a shot off but it was well short of the rim giving Adrian the victory and splitting the season series with Kalamazoo.
Rhoads led Adrian with 18 points and grabbed six boards. LaQwana Dockery added 13 points and eight boards. Amy Van Gessel notched a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.