SMC vs. Tri-State
Basketball - Second Half Charge Leads Saint Mary’s Past Tri-State
NOTRE DAME, IN – Saint Mary’s overcame a deficit as large as 11 points to knock off Tri-State 74-71 Saturday afternoon in MIAA basketball action.
The win raises the Belles record to 8-7 overall and 4-3 in league play while Tri-State falls to 4-11 and 1-6 respectively. In addition, the win gives Saint Mary’s a perfect 10-0 mark all-time against the Thunder.
Tri-State opened the game on a 13-4 scoring run forcing the Belles to call a fulltime at the 13:40 mark in the opening half. The Thunder eventually pushed their lead up to 34-23 on a lay-up by Liz Gehrig with 5:21 remaining until halftime. Saint Mary’s never led in the first half but chipped away to cut their deficit to 36-32 heading into the locker room.
Saint Mary’s started the second half by scoring seven of the half’s first nine points as they took their first lead at 39-38 on an Anna Kammrath lay-up less than four minutes into the frame. Neither team had a lead larger than six points the rest of the way.
The Thunder took the largest lead by either team in the contest’s final seven minutes when Kristen Julian hit a lay-up with 6:18 left to give the visitors a 58-54 edge. There were five lead changes and three ties the rest of the way. Saint Mary’s took the lead for good when Katie Rashid scored the game’s final points with a three-pointer with 1:18 remaining.
On Tri-State’s ensuing possession Gehrig missed the front end of a one-and-one but Jordan Loveberry secured the offensive rebound but a Gehrig turnover gave it back to Saint Mary’s with 25 seconds left. The Belles couldn’t take advantage as Alison Kessler missed a foul shot.
Loverberry’s three-pointer was off the mark with 12 seconds left and Kessler secured the rebound for the Belles. However, Rashid missed the front end another one-on-one foul shooting situation to give the Thunder one final try but Sarah Howe’s 22-footer at the buzzer fell short.
Saint Mary’s placed four players in double figures lead by Kessler’s team high 16 points. Erin Newsom added 15 points and 12 rebounds for her team leading fourth double-double of the year. Becky Newsom added a career high 12 points – all but two of which came in the first half. Rashid knocked down 11 points to round out the double figure producers for the Belles.
Sarah Howe led all scorers with 20 points to pace the Tri-State offensive