SMC vs. Kalamazoo
Offensive Explosion Propels Belles Past Hornets
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Every player on the Saint Mary's basketball team who got in the game scored as the Belles matched their season-high point total in a 91-52 win over Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon.
The Belles stormed out to a quick lead with an up-tempo offense and a pressuring defense as Saint Mary's held a 10-point lead less than three and a half minutes into the game. The Belles kept their foot on the accelerator and took a 21-point lead on a three-pointer by Patsy Mahoney at the 9:54 mark in the first half. The Hornets were able to get within 16 on a pair of free throws, but the Belles responded with eight straight points to go up by 24.
After leading 55-25 at the half, Saint Mary's maintained at least a 29-point lead for the remainder of the game en route to their twelfth win of the season and seventh conference victory. The Belles took advantage of a season-high 22 offensive rebounds and translated those second chances on offense to 25 points.
For the second time this season, the Belles had five players score in double-digits. Moreover, every player that got into the game for Saint Mary's scored at least two points, which is a first for this season. Leading the way on offense for the Belles and in the game was Jessica Centa, who matched her career-high set three days ago with 18 points. Kelley Murphy surpassed the 300-point plateau of the season as she scored 16 points while having a game-high four steals. Patsy Mahoney added 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Maggie Ronan added 11 points and Annie Doyle chipped in 10 points to complement the offense on the afternoon. Anna Kammrath, meanwhile, surpassed 800 career rebounds in the win with a game-high 12 boards for the Belles.
Saint Mary's (12-9, 7-6 MIAA) will have a short break from MIAA competition and will host non-conference Wheaton (Ill.) on Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m.