SMC vs. Kenyon

Basketball - Kessler’s Career High Leads Saint Mary’s Past Kenyon; Saint Mary’s to Play Otterbein for Championship

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December 28, 2007, WESTERVILLE, OH – Alison Kessler scored a career high 35 points in leading Saint Mary’s to a 77-66 victory over Kenyon in their opening round game of the Smokey Ballenger Classic hosted by Otterbein. The Belles will face the host Cardinals on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. for the championship.

The win raises the Belles record to 5-5 while Kenyon falls to 3-6.

In a tightly contested first half, Kenyon raced out to a 19-12 lead with 12:35 left until intermission. The Ladies held their largest lead of the game when Hilary Cowens nailed a three-pointer with 5:31 remaining giving them a 32-22 edge. However the Belles closed the gap by scoring 12 of the half’s final 17 points as Kenyon took a 37-34 advantage into the locker room.

Saint Mary’s came out in the second half on a 13-8 scoring spurt in taking a 51-45 edge with 15:17 remaining. It was a lead the Belles would not relinquish. Saint Mary’s eventually increased their lead to 62-51 on a Kessler lay-in with 8:28 remaining.

Kenyon was able to mount a comeback and got their deficit down to five points at 64-59 with 5:57 left but couldn’t get any closer as the Belles pulled away.

Kessler was the story of the game for the Belles. In addition to setting a new personal high, her 35-point effort was the fourth best individual scoring effort in College history. The senior went 13-of-18 from the field which ties the College record for third most made baskets in a game. She went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc which tied her career high for made three-pointers and is the second best mark in Saint Mary’s history.

Megan Conaty also posted a career best scoring night by tallying 11 points, all of which came in the first half, in addition to dishing out a team best eight assists. Anna Kammrath posted her second double-double of the season with a 12-point, 10-rebound effort. Erin Newsom rounded out the double figure scorers for Saint Mary’s with 16 points.

For the fourth time this season the Belles connected on at least 50 percent of their shots by nailing 30 of their 59 attempts (50.8 percent). Saint Mary’s is undefeated in those contests.