Saint Mary's vs. Alma
Basketball - Matuzak Paces Alma Past Saint Mary's
NOTRE DAME, IN – Ashley Matuzak posted teams high with 21 points and seven rebounds to lead Alma past Saint Mary’s 68-64 on Thursday evening in MIAA basketball action. The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday night but poor weather conditions postponed the game for one day.
The win lifts Alma’s record to 8-10 overall and 5-6 in league games while the Belles fall to 9-11 and 5-7 respectively.
In a sloppy first half which featured 25 total turnovers the Belles held an 18-9 lead just past the halfway mark in the period. The Scots chipped away and eventually took a 28-26 advantage on a Matuzak lay-up at the 1:35 mark of the half. Saint Mary’s went into the locker room up 31-30 after Katie Rashid nailed a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
Alma came out of the second half by going on a 24-12 scoring spurt in taking a 54-43 lead. The Scot eventually took their largest lead of the game at 60-48 when Lacey Best-Rowden hit a three pointer with 7:12 remaining.
Saint Mary’s mounted a charge and got their deficit down to 65-63 after an Anna Kammrath lay-in with 1:59 left. After the Belles forced Alma into a shot clock violation on the Scot’s next possession, Alison Kessler went to the foul line with a chance to knot the game up with just over a minute remaining. Kessler hit one of two from the line as Alma held the lead at 65-64.
Matuzak hit a pair of free throws on Alma’s ensuing possession to increase their lead to 67-64 with 52 seconds left. Kammrath missed a lay-up before Heather Keenan put the Scots up 68-64 with a free throw with 25 seconds left. Saint Mary’s could convert a field goal on their next possession as the clock ran out.
Matuzak went 9-of-12 from the field, including hitting three of her four three-pointers, while playing a team high 36 minutes.
Kessler had a team high 18 points to lead the Belles efforts. Erin Newsom added 13 points to go along with her team best eight rebounds. Rashid (12) and Kammrath (11) rounded out the double figure scorers for Saint Mary’s.