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2007-08 Season Record

13-13 (overall), 8-8 (MIAA)

 

Basketball -- Kessler Earns All-American Honors

NOTRE DAME, IN – Alison Kessler was named to the D3hoops.com All-American Second-Team. The squad, which is in 11th year of existence, is voted on by the nation’s Sports Information Directors.

Kessler (LaPorte, IN/New Prairie HS) is the first basketball player in Saint Mary’s history to earn All-American honors since becoming a DIII institution during the 1997-98 school year.  Last week she was named the Great Lake’s region Player of the Year which is also a first for a basketball player at Saint Mary’s.

Basketball -- Kessler Named Regional Player of the Year (March 15)

 

NOTRE DAME, IN – Alison Kessler was named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year. The all-region team, which is in seventh year of existence, is voted on by the region’s Sports Information Directors. Kessler is now up for All-American honors which will be announced this weekend at the DIII Final Four.

 

Last season she became the first Saint Mary’s player to be named to the All-Region team when she earned Second-Team honors. The region is made of schools in the Heartland Athletic, Ohio Athletic, Northcoast Collegiate, Alleghany Mountain Athletic, President Athletic and Michigan Intercollegiate conferences. In all it encompasses, 57 different schools.

Basketball - Kessler Named MIAA Most Valuable Player (March 3)

NOTRE DAME, IN -- Alison Kessler became the first basketball player in the Saint Mary’s history to be named the MIAA MVP the league offices announced today. In addition, she becomes just the fourth athlete in any sports at Saint Mary’s, and first in basketball, to earn First-Team All-Conference honors on three occasions.

Kessler led the league in scoring through out the season. The senior averaged 20.9 points a game in leading the league in scoring for the second straight season. In addition, she finished first in steals (2.77 spg) for the second consecutive year, seventh in assists (3.00 apg) and 16th in rebounding (5.4 rpg).

Basketball - #1 Hope Ends Saint Mary's Season in MIAA Semifinals (February 28)

HOLLAND, MI – Courtney Knox scored a career high 18 points in leading Hope to a 82-65 win over Saint Mary’s in the semifinals of the MIAA Tournament on Thursday evening at DeVos Fieldhouse. It is the second straight year Hope ends Saint Mary’s season in the semifinals of the conference’s tournament.

Hope, the nations No. 1 ranked team, improves to 26-0 while the Belles season ends with a 13-13 mark. Hope will host second seeded Albion on Saturday afternoon for the league championship.

Basketball - Second Half Burst Leads Saint Mary's to MIAA Semfinals (February 26)

NOTRE DAME, IN – With Saint Mary’s clinging to a 27-25 lead less than two minutes into the second half, the Belles went on a 18-2 scoring spurt in helping them put away Olivet 71-62 Tuesday evening in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.

 

Basketball - Kessler Named MIAA Player of the Week (February 25)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Alison Kessler was named the MIAA Player of the Week after helping Saint Mary’s to a pair of league wins over Adrian and Olivet. Those wins helped the Belles secure the fourth seed and host first-round site for the conference’s postseason tournament

It is the seventh time in her career and fourth time this season she has received the league’s weekly honor. No other player in the MIAA has received the honor more than twice this season.

Basketball - Strong Second Half Lifts Saint Mary's (February 23)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Saint Mary’s broke open a 46-46 game by scoring 28 of the game’s final 38 points in posting a 74-56 win over Olivet in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Belles secure the fourth seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament. Saint Mary’s will host Olivet, the tournament’s fifth seed, on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. It is the third straight season the Belles have secured home court for the first round of the league’s post season tournament after not hosting a tournament game during their first eight years as members of the league.

Basketball - Kessler Sets School Records in Win (February 20)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Alison Kessler scored a game high 31 points as she set the Saint Mary’s career scoring record in leading the Belles to a 74-63 MIAA win over Adrian Wednesday evening.

Kessler passed the previous mark of 1533 career points set by Jennie Taubenheim from the 1992-1996 seasons. The senior guard set the mark with a free throw at the 4:35 mark of the first half. The LaPorte, Ind. native has now scored 1552 points in her career.

Basketball - Belles Cruise Past Kalamazoo (February 16)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Saint Mary’s posted a 71-39 win over Kalamazoo Saturday afternoon in MIAA basketball action. The 32-point margin of victory ties the College record for the largest margin of victory during a league game.

Basketball - Kessler Sets Three-Point Record in Loss to Albion (February 9)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Kati Till tallied her fourth double-double of the season with a 17-point, 12-rebound effort in leading
Albion past Saint Mary’s 78-70 Saturday afternoon in MIAA basketball action.

During the game Saint Mary’s guard Alison Kessler nailed four three-pointers to become the College’s all-time leader in three-point shots made. The senior has connected on 133 shots from beyond the arc during her four years which surpasses Bridget Boyce’s record of 130 set from 2002-2006.

Basketball - Matuzak Paces Alma Past Saint Mary's (February 7)

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.

Basketball - Second Half Charge Leads Saint Mary’s Past Adrian (February 2)

ADRIAN, MI – Saint Mary’s overcame a three-point halftime deficit by holding Adrian to a 26.5 percent (9-for-34) shooting effort in the second half in posting a 61-51 win Saturday afternoon in MIAA basketball action.

The win lifts the Belles record to 9-10 overall and 5-6 in league games while Adrian falls to 7-11 and 4-6 respectively.

 

Basketball - Strong Second Half Leads Olivet Past Saint Mary’s (January 30)

OLIVET, MI – Olivet nailed 62.1 percent (18-of-29) of their field goal attempts in the second half in overcoming a halftime deficit for a 80-70 win over Saint Mary’s Wednesday evening in MIAA basketball action.

The win lifts Olivet’s record to 8-9 overall and 6-3 in league play while the Belles fall to 8-10 and 4-6 respectively.

 

Basketball - #1 Hope Uses Second Half Charge for Win Over Saint Mary’s (January 26)

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.

 

Basketball - Calvin Holds Off Saint Mary’s, 66-62 (January 23)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Calvin withstood a late Saint Mary’s charge in posting a 66-62 win over the Belles Wednesday evening in MIAA basketball action.

Calvin ups its record to 10-6 overall and 6-3 in league play while Saint Mary’s falls to 8-8 and 4-4 respectively.

 

Basketball - Kessler Named MIAA Player of the Week (January 21)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Alison Kessler was named the MIAA Player of the Week after helping Saint Mary’s to a pair of league wins over Kalamazoo and Tri-State. It is the sixth time in her career and third time this season she has received the league’s weekly honor.

Kessler (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie HS) averaged 28.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists and steals per contests. In addition she connected on 16 of her 38 field goal attempts and was 19-for-26 from the free throw line while playing 77 of a possible 80 minutes.

 

Basketball - Second Half Charge Leads Saint Mary’s Past Tri-State (January 19)

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.

 

Basketball - Kessler’s School Record Effort Leads Saint Mary’s Past Kalamazoo (January 16)

KALAMAZOO, MI – Alison Kessler set a new Saint Mary’s record for points scored in a game with 41 in leading the Belles in a come from behind 72-69 victory over Kalamazoo in MIAA basketball action.

The win lifts the Belles record to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in league play while Kalamazoo drops to 4-10 and 1-5 respectively.

 

Basketball - Cold Shooting Dooms Saint Mary’s in Loss to Albion (January 9)

ALBION, MI – In a match-up of MIAA preseason No. 3 Albion and No. 4 Saint Mary’s, Albion held the Belles to a 27.4 shooting percentage, the second worst mark of the season for Saint Mary’s, in posting an 85-56 win on Wednesday evening at Kresge Gymasium.

The loss drops Saint Mary’s to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in league play while Albion ups its record to 11-2 and 4-1 respectively.

 

Basketball - Saint Mary’s Post Victory in First Game of 2008 (January 5)

ALMA, MI – Saint Mary’s overcame a rusty start and eventually hung on in posting a 59-56 win over Alma Saturday afternoon in MIAA basketball action at Cappaert Gym on Saturday afternoon.

The win lifts the Belles record to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in league play while Alma falls to 3-6 and 1-2 respectively. It is the six straight regular season win over the Scots for the Belles.

 

Basketball - Kessler Named MIAA Player of the Week (December 31)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Alison Kessler was named the MIAA Player of the Week after helping Saint Mary’s to the championship game and a 1-1 record last week at the Smokey Ballenger Classic hosted by Otterbein. It is the fifth time in her career and second time this season she has received the league’s weekly honor.

In the Belles two games, Kessler (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie HS) averaged 26.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contests. In addition she connected on 50 percent (19-of-38) of her shots from the field while playing 78 of a possible 80 minutes.

 

Basketball - Saint Mary’s Falls in Championship Game (December 29)

WESTERVILLE, OH – In the championship game of the Smokey Ballenger Classic hosted by Otterbein, the Belles fell to the host school 79-65 on Saturday evening to complete the four-team, two-day event.

Otterbein raises its record to 7-5 with the win while Saint Mary’s falls to 5-6.

 

Basketball - Kessler’s Career High Leads Saint Mary’s Past Kenyon; Saint Mary’s to Play Otterbein for Championship (December 28)

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.

 

Basketball - Saint Mary’s Posts Pre-Christmas Victory Against North Park (December 22)

HOLLAND, MI – In the consolation game of the Hope Classic, the Saint Mary’s basketball team placed four players in double figure scoring in posting an 81-66 win over North Park on Saturday afternoon at DeVos Fieldhouse.

The win lifts the Belles record to 4-5 while North Park falls to 1-9.

 

Basketball - #1 Hope Knocks Off Saint Mary’s (December 21)

HOLLAND, MI – Hope used a strong second half to break open a tightly contested game in knocking off Saint Mary’s 75-58 Friday evening at the DeVos Fieldhouse.

In addition to being an MIAA contest, the game is apart of the four-team, two-day Hope Classic. Saint Mary’s will play North Park on Saturday afternoon in the consolation game.

 

Basketball - Saint Mary’s Claims MIAA Victory Against Tri-State (December 8)

ANGOLA, IN – Alison Kessler scored a game high 23 points and grabbed a personal best nine rebounds in helping Saint Mary’s to an 82-68 win over Tri-State on Saturday afternoon.

The win lifts the Belles record to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in MIAA play while Tri-State falls to 3-5 and 0-3 respectively.

 

Basketball - Saint Mary’s Drops Home Opener to #13 Calvin, 67-52 (December 5)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Maria Harris registered a game high 23 points in leading #13 Calvin to a 67-52 win over Saint Mary’s in home opener for the Belles. It was also the first MIAA game for both squads.

The win lifts Calvin to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in league play while the Belles fall to 2-4 and 0-1 respectively.

 

Basketball - Late Scoring Run Paces #22 George Fox Past Saint Mary’s (November 25)

TRINITY, TX – George Fox broke away late in the game to post a 69-58 win over Saint Mary’s on Sunday afternoon in the championship game at the Trinity University Thanksgiving Classic.

George Fox, the 22nd ranked team in the nation, moves to 4-0 while the Belles fall to 2-3.

 

Basketball - Saint Mary’s Cruises Past Notre Dame (MD) at Trinity Thanksgiving Classic (November 24)

TRINITY, TX – In the first game of the Trinity University Thanksgiving Classic, the Saint Mary’s basketball team shot 52.3 percent (34-of-65) from the field in posting a 92-44 win over Notre Dame (Md.) on Saturday afternoon.

The win lifts the Belles record to 2-2 while Notre Dame (MD), who qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season, falls to 2-2.

 

Basketball - Anderson Rides Strong Second Period to Win (November 20)

ANDERSON, IN – Anderson nailed 52.2 percent (12-of-23) of their second half field goal attempts in posting a 54-44 win over Saint Mary’s Tuesday evening in non-conference basketball action at O.C. Lewis Gynmasium. Saint Mary’s hit six of their 31 field goal attempts (19.4 percent) in the second half.

The loss drops the Belles to 1-2 while Anderson ups their record 2-1.

 

Basketball - Strong Offensive Effort Leads Saint Mary’s to Victory (November 17)

WHEATON, IL – Saint Mary’s placed three players in double figures and shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the field in cruising to an 83-47 win over Aurora in the consolation game of the Lee Pfund Invitational at Wheaton College on Saturday afternoon.

The win evens the Belles record to 1-1 while Aurora falls to 0-2.

 

Baketball - Strong Second Half Propels Wheaton Past Saint Mary’s (November 16)

WHEATON, IL – In the season opener for both squads, Wheaton overcame a six-point halftime deficit to post a 75-56 win over Saint in the first round of the Lee Pfund Invitational hosted by Wheaton on Friday afternoon.

An Allison Kessler three-point play with 13:41 left in the first half gave Saint Mary’s a 10-0 lead in the opening frame. The Belles never relinquished their advantage in the first 20 minutes in taking a 30-24 edge at intermission.

 

Basketball - Saint Mary’s Picked Fourth in MIAA Preseason Poll, Hope Tabbed as Favorite (November 1)

NOTRE DAME, IN – Coming off the most successful conference season in College history, Saint Mary’s was picked to finish fourth in the MIAA women’s preseason basketball poll which is voted on by the league’s nine coaches. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll. It is the highest preseason ranking for the Belles since joining the MIAA.

Last season the Belles ended MIAA play with a 10-6 record which bested the previous top mark in school history when Saint Mary’s went 9-7 during the 2005-2006 campaign.