SMC vs. Trine
Belles Downed by Trine
ANGOLA, Ind. - For the first time since the Thunder joined the MIAA, the Saint Mary's basketball team fell to in-state conference opponent Trine on Saturday by a 62-57 score.
The two teams traded blows early until Trine broke a 12-12 tie to take the lead on a three-pointer with 13:57 to go in the first half. The Thunder were able to maintain the lead throughout the first half and held a 31-26 lead at halftime.
Trine extended their lead to as much as 12 points less than five minutes into the second half as they went up 40-28. Saint Mary's would not go down easily as they showed the resilience they have had all season. The Belles went on a 12-1 run to cut the Thunder's lead to 41-40 with 10:52 to go. Patsy Mahoney sunk a pair of free throws to give the Belles a two-point advantage with under eight minutes to play, but Trine quickly regained the lead on six straight points by Jennifer Wall.
The Belles regained the lead with 2:09 to go on a layup by Kelley Murphy for a 56-55 edge. The Thunder, however, hit a three-pointer with 22 seconds to go to put Trine up 58-56. Murphy hit a free throw with 11 seconds left in the game to get the Belles within a point of Trine, but the host Thunder would hit all four of their free throws in the final seconds of the game to take the 62-57 win.
In spite of making one more shot from the floor than Trine, the Belles were just 38.2 percent from the floor while the Thunder hit 42.6 percent of their shots.
Kelley Murphy had her second consecutive double-double as she had game-high totals in points with 22 and rebounds with 10. Anna Kammrath also had double-digit scoring with 14 points of her own. With six steals, Liz Wade moved into third place in school history as she now has 198 career steals.
The Belles (10-7, 5-4 MIAA) are next in action when they return home on Wednesday, January 27 when they host nationally-ranked Calvin at 7:30 p.m.