SMC vs. Olivet
Records Fall as Belles Defeat Comets
Box Score (pdf)
OLIVET, Mich. - Erin Newsom and her teammates set a few new records as the Belles picked up their third straight MIAA win with a victory over Olivet College, 76-58.
The Belles jumped out to an early lead and never let it go in the first meeting of the two teams this season. By the half, Saint Mary's had settled in for a 12 point lead. The Comets used a pair of free throws early in the second half to get within 10, but that is as close as Olivet would get as the Belles took a commanding 76-58 win for their best start in MIAA play in program history.
The Belles also rewrote the MIAA and College history books on Saturday. The team made 42 free throws in the contest, which breaks the previous conference record of 33 set by Alma in 1984 and Kalamazoo in 1987. It also marks the most free throws made in a single contest in school history for a Belles basketball team (previously 31).
Erin Newsom would also do a little history writing of her own against Olivet. With a rebound 26 seconds before the end of the first half, Newsom collected her 684th career board, breaking Julie McGill's ('98) previous record of 683.
The Belles' offensive attack proved to be balanced yet again on Saturday with 10 different players scoring in the contest. All 10 players who scored made at least two free throws each in the win. Nicole Beier would be the game's leading scorer as she came off of the bench to net 15 points. Newsom added her second consecutive double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Liz Wade had a career-high 13 points and career-high eight rebounds. Patsy Mahoney rounded out the double-digit scoring efforts with 10 points of her own.