SMC vs. Kalamazoo
Sophomore Attack Lifts Belles Over Hornets
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The sophomore trio of Patsy Mahoney, Jessica Centa, and Kelley Murphy combined for 45 points as the Saint Mary's basketball team picked up a 59-46 win over conference foe Kalamazoo on Wednesday night.
The Belles started off a bit slow and quickly faced an 8-2 deficit against the host Hornets. Saint Mary's quickly turned that around, however, as they when on a huge 22-1 run to turn that six-point deficit into a 24-9 lead. Over that 10 minute span of time, the Belles held the Hornets to just a single free throw to take command of the game. Saint Mary's closed out the half by holding Kalamazoo without a field goal over the last 3:55 and took a 31-17 lead into the break.
The teams traded baskets to open up the beginning of the second half, but the Belles were able to stretch their lead to as much as 22 at the 5:16 mark. In the closing minutes of the game, Kalamazoo was able to close the gap on the Belles, but the Hornets would not be able to get within fewer than 11 points of Saint Mary's.
Leading the way on offense in the win for the Belles were sophomores Patsy Mahoney, Jessica Centa, and Kelley Murphy. Mahoney was just two points off of her career-high with a contest-best 20 points on a 7-of-11 performance from the floor while adding three steals. Centa, meanwhile, matched her career-best with 14 points. Murphy also reached double-digits for the Belles in the win with 11 points and shared game-high honors with four steals.
Reaching another milestone in her career was senior Anna Kammrath, who eclipsed the 700 career rebound plateau with an impressive 13 rebound effort on the night.
With the win, head coach Jenn Henley picked up her 50th coaching win with the Belles in the midst of her fourth season at the helm of the program.
The Belles (8-4, 3-1 MIAA) will have a week off from games until they host perennial MIAA and NCAA power Hope (ranked 6th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll) on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.