SMC vs. Albion
Belles Break Brits' Streak
ALBION, Mich. - For the first time since Valentine's Day of 2007, the Saint Mary's basketball team defeated conference foe Albion as the Belles notched a 62-47 victory over the Britons.
The Belles fell behind early as the host Brits grabbed an 11-3 lead. Saint Mary's did not hit a shot from the floor until 4:50 into the game, but that start did not deter the Belles' drive to pick up a critical MIAA win. After an 8-0 run, the game was knotted at 11-11 before the Belles took their first lead of the afternoon on a good jumper by Maggie Ronan. The Brits tied the score at 13-13, but another bucket by Ronan on Saint Mary's next possession would ultimately give the Belles the lead for good.
A late run in the first half by Albion cut into the Belles' 10-point lead, but Saint Mary's was able to take a 26-23 edge into the halftime break.
In the second half, Saint Mary's took little time regaining a double-digit advantage over the Brits and the Belles never looked back as they took the 62-47 win.
Balance was key for the Belles in the win as five players scored at least eight points in the win. Leading the way was sophomore Jessica Centa, who scored a game-high 16 points while grabbing eight rebounds, dishing out two assists, and blocking a shot. Kelley Murphy, meanwhile, had her 21st game this season with double-digit scoring as she had 10 points. Anna Kammrath just missed a double-double as she had nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Patsy Mahoney also added nine points of her own and Maggie Ronan chipped in eight points in the win.
The Belles (14-11, 9-7 MIAA) will be the #3 seed in the upcoming MIAA Tournament as they will host a first round game in the tournament for the fifth consecutive year. Saint Mary's will likely host Albion in Tuesday night's opening game at Angela Athletic Facility with tip-off being scheduled for 7:30 p.m.