SMC vs. Albion
Tough Luck Continues for Belles Against Brits
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's basketball team's struggles against conference foe Albion continued to plague them as they dropped an MIAA contest to the Britons, 61-56.
The visiting Brits stormed out to a quick lead by scoring the game's first eight points. The Belles got within three points at 13-10 with 9:42 to go in the first half, but Albion was able to counter any attempt by Saint Mary's to close in the lead. Over the final seven minutes of the half, Albion was able to extend their lead to 14 points and took a 33-19 advantage at the half.
With a three-pointer to open up the second half, Albion took their biggest lead of the contest as they went up 36-19. The Belles, however, would not go down without a fight. With the Brits up by 14 in the second half, Saint Mary's put together a 9-0 run in less than four minutes of game time to get within five points. The Belles continued to chip away at Albion and were able to pull even with the Brits at 49-49 on a layup by Liz Wade with 4:21 to go in the game.
After a pair of made free throws by Albion, the Belles responded right back with a second-chance bucket by Anna Kammrath with 3:30 to go to tie it at 51-51. Unfortunately for the Belles, Albion used some clock management and hit three shots over the next two minutes of the game to go up by six points. Saint Mary's was able to get within three points of Albion twice in the final 1:16 of the game, but the Belles would not be able to get any closer as they fell by the 61-56 final.
Free throw shooting played a big part in the outcome of the game as Albion was 23-of-33 from the line while the Belles were 15-of-25 from the charity stripe. The Belles did outscore the Brits in the paint (32-12), off turnovers (15-13), and off the bench (16-11).
Leading the way for the Belles were forwards Kelley Murphy and Anna Kammrath. Murphy scored a team-high 17 points while grabbing 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Kammrath, meanwhile, had 14 points and shared game-high honors with 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of her senior campaign.
Albion has been able to take the last five straight between the two teams as the Belles have been unable to defeat the Brits since Valentine's Day of 2007.
The Belles (10-6, 5-3 MIAA) will once again have little rest before another conference game as they travel to Trine for a 1:00 p.m. contest against the Thunder.