SMC vs. Maryville
Belles Defeat Scots for Championship Appearance
GREENCASTLE, Ind. - The Saint Mary's basketball team claimed a 74-64 victory over Maryville (Tenn.) to earn an appearance in the DePauw University Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament.
The Belles did not take much time to rattle any rust that may have accumulated over the Christmas holiday as they stormed out to a 25-5 lead less than seven minutes into the game against the Scots. Maryville was able to cut the lead to single digit margins a few times in the first half, including an eight-point deficit of 38-30 at the halftime break.
Saint Mary's came out quickly in the second half to push their lead back to a double-digit margin with seven straight points to open the half. Once again, the Scots chipped away at the Belles' lead at cut the game to 54-49 with 10:07 left in the second half.
The teams traded blows to keep the game close as Maryville scraped within four points of Saint Mary's with less than seven minutes on the clock. The Belles, however, connected on four consecutive free throws to push their lead back to eight. After a Scots' basket, Saint Mary's used a second-chance bucket and two more free throws to regain a ten-point lead with 3:26 to go. Down the stretch, made free throws made the difference in keeping the Belles' lead safe as Saint Mary's took their seventh victory of the season.
A trio of sophomores led the way for the Belles in the win. Kelley Murphy had her fifth-straight double-digit scoring performance as she shared game-high honors with 22 points while also adding nine rebounds. Patsy Mahoney was hot on Murphy's heels as she added 21 points. Rounding out the trio was Jessica Centa as she chipped in 14 points of her own. Senior Anna Kammrath had a game-high 12 rebounds in the win for the Belles as well. With her rebounding efforts, Kammrath moved past Julie McGill for second place for career rebounds. McGill had 683 boards while Kammrath now has 686.
With the win, the Belles (7-3) will face off with tournament host DePauw tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. for the tournament championship.