SMC vs. Hope
Belles Fall to Flying Dutch; Kammrath Sets New Rebounding Record
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's basketball team suffered a tough 91-72 loss to nationally-ranked #5 Hope College on Wednesday night.
The Belles looked ready to post the upset early against the Flying Dutch as they built a 14-7 lead on a three-point play by Annie Doyle less than seven minutes into the game. The Flying Dutch, however, hit a couple of three-pointers and made a layup in the course of 1:10 to turn a seven-point deficit into a one-point lead. The Belles were able to keep the game close until Hope went on another quick burst of six points to turn a one possession game into an eight-point cushion. Hope increased their lead over the final few minutes of the first half to take a 50-38 lead to the locker room at the break.
The Belles had trouble getting into a groove in the second half as Hope was able to increase their lead over the final 20 minutes of the game and eventually take the 91-72 score. Saint Mary's did hold the Flying Dutch scoreless over the final 3:59 of the game.
Despite the final result, senior Anna Kammrath had one of the best all-around games of her career as she had game-high honors for points with 18 and rebounds with 23. At the half, Kammrath had 16 boards, which was just one shy of her previous career-best. The 23 rebounds was one less than the MIAA single game record, but set a new Saint Mary's record for a single game performance. Additionally, Kammrath also added three assists and three steals in the game for the Belles.
Right on Kammrath's scoring total for the game was sophomore Patsy Mahoney, who finished the game with 17 points of her own. Freshman Annie Doyle also notched a double-digit scoring performance with a season-best 12 points.
The Belles (8-5, 3-2 MIAA) will now gear up for a conference contest at Olivet on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.