SMC vs. Hope

#1 Hope Uses Second Half Charge for Win Over Saint Mary’s

Box Score

January 26, 2008, NOTRE DAME, IN – Jordyn Boles scored 24 of her game high 27 points in the second as Hope erased a three-point halftime deficit en route to a 82-73 win over Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon.

Hope, the nation’s number one team, improves to 17-0 overall and 9-0 in league play while Saint Mary’s falls to 8-9 and 4-5 respectively.

In the opening half, which featured a combined 24 turnovers, the Belles held a lead for all but 22 seconds in taking a 33-30 halftime advantage. It was only the second time this season that Hope trailed heading into the locker room.

The Flying Dutch came out of halftime by hitting seven of their first 11 attempts from the field in taking a 54-44 lead with 13:48 left in the game. During Hope’s 24-14 run to start the second half, Boles scored 18 points including five consecutive three-pointers to aid the visiting team’s efforts.

Saint Mary’s battled back and cut down their deficit to 66-63 with 6:37 remaining after a pair of Alison Kessler foul shots. However, Hope responded with an 8-1 scoring spurt capped off by a Courtney Knox lay-up with 3:43 left in the game.

The Belles made one final push and got within 74-71 after an Erin Newsom jumper with 2:14 remaining but could not get any closer down the stretch. It was the last field goal the Belles made in the game while Hope went 2-for-3 from the field and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe to seal the win.

Alison Kessler scored a team high 21 points and dished off a game best seven assists in 38 minutes to pace the Saint Mary’s effort. Katie Rashid chipped in 13 points while Anna Kammrath (12) and Erin Newsom (11) rounded out the double figures scorers for the Belles.

Boles made an MIAA season high seven shots from the beyond the arc to aid in her game high efforts. Jenny Cowen came off the bench to score 17 to round out the double figures scorers for Hope. The Flying Dutch had 42 of their points come from bench players.

Hope nailed 50 percent of their 20 three-point attempts and had 10 different players play at least 10 minutes to support their winning cause.