2007 Saint Mary's vs. Kalamazoo (Away)

Saint Mary's Holds Off Late Kalamazoo Push

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KALAMAZOO, MI – Saint Mary’s withheld a late Kalamazoo charge in posting a 62-60 win on Saturday afternoon in MIAA basketball action.

During the victory Alison Kessler became the seventh player in Saint Mary’s history to score 1,000 career points. Also leading the charge for the Belles was Bridget Lipke who scored a game high 19 points and dished off a contest best four assists. Katie Rashid notched a career best 12 points to round out the double figure scorers for Saint Mary’s.

A Lipke lay-up with 10:51 left in the first half gave Saint Mary’s an 18-8 lead and the Belles (10-11, 9-5 MIAA) held a lead of at least four points the rest of the first period in holding a 32-22 edge at halftime.

Kalamazoo come out of the locker room with the hot hand and cut their deficit to 38-37 with 14:15 remaining. Over the next 8:43 the Belles pushed their lead to a seemingly comfortable 58-46 lead. However Saint Mary’s was held to just one field the remaining 5:27 of the contest as the Hornets (3-19, 2-12) found a way back into the contest.

Kelsea Howell got Kalamazoo within 60-58 a jumper with 1:27 left. However Saint Mary’s did just enough from the foul and the Hornets turned the ball over on two of their final three possessions. Therese Demres hit a lay-up with one second left to provide the final outcome of the game.

Howell scored a team high 18 points for the Hornets