SMC vs. Adrian

Belles Battle for Win over Bulldogs

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's College basketball team used a 9-0 run in the second half to go up for good over Adrian College on Wednesday night to take their 14th overall win and 12th MIAA win of the season.

The Belles scored eight straight points in the first half to gain control of what had started off as a back-and-forth game.  The Bulldogs kept things close in the opening 20 minutes, however, and cut the Saint Mary's lead to 42-41 when the teams headed to the locker rooms for the half.

In the second half, the visitors from Adrian took a quick four point lead just over three minutes into the period.  It would be the Belles who would then keep things close by not allowing the Bulldogs to gain more than a five point lead.  It would be from that five point lead that Saint Mary's battled right back to regain momentum and control of the game.  With Adrian up 59-54 with 10:43 to play, the Belles scored nine straight points to take a 65-59 lead. 

During that run, the Belles took control of the lead for good when Erin Newsom hit a three pointer with 7:48 to go to put Saint Mary's up by two.  The Belles then secured the momentum of the game Anna Kammrath lobbed a pass into the paint to Kelley Murphy, who picked up the team's 18th offensive rebound from her own missed shot and capitalized on the second chance.  On the Belles' next possession, Patsy Mahoney stretched the lead to six on a jump shot in the paint to cap off the run.

The 14 wins marks the most wins by a Saint Mary's basketball team since legendary "Hoosiers" coach Marvin Wood led the 1992-93 squad to a 14-7 overall record.

Erin Newsom led all rebounders and scorers en route to her sixth double-double of the year with a 22 point, 11 rebound performance.  Patsy Mahoney also added a game-high and season-high 22 points for the Belles.  Kelley Murphy turned in her second-straight 14 point effort to round out the double-digit scorers for the Belles.

The Belles (14-8, 12-2 MIAA) will next travel to Albion College on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off against the Britons.