SMC vs. Trine
Belles Use Second-Half Surge to Ground Thunder
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's basketball team went on a 10-point run in the later minutes of the second half to turn a two point deficit into an eight point lead. The Belles never looked back en route to their first MIAA win of the season over Trine, 60-50.
Neither team was able to establish a lead of more than five points until the Belles' big run late in the second half as the two teams were tied at the half 26-26. The host Belles broke a 15-15 tie with 6:38 left in the first half and held onto that lead until the Thunder made a layup with just 25 seconds left in the first half to tie the game at 26-26.
Saint Mary's was able to regain the lead and kept the pressure on Trine to open up the second half. After the Belles went up by four at the 12:54 mark, Trine used two back-to-back buckets to tie the game and then a fast break layup to take a two point lead at 10:33. The Belles, however, connected some key passes and turned on the offense while grabbing some big rebounds over the next 6:06 of game time with a 10-0 run to get the lead for good against the Thunder.
The MIAA foes were tied eight times and the lead changed five times. The Belles took advantage of a productive bench through a balanced scoring effort where everyone who played for Saint Mary's scored at least one basket as the Belles outscored the Thunder bench 23-9. The Belles also used their size and ability to cut through the lane to outscore Trine in the paint by a 36-16 margin. The Belles made twice as many shots from the floor (SMC-26, Trine 13), but Trine was able to keep things close throughout much of the game as they made 28 trips to the charity stripe on 26 Saint Mary's fouls.
Kelley Murphy led the Belles with a 14 point, nine rebound effort on the afternoon. Patsy Mahoney, Annie Doyle, and Maggie Ronan each added eight points of their own in the win.
The Belles (4-2, 1-0 MIAA) will have a big conference show-down with USA Today/ESPN #19 Calvin College at Calvin next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Belles defeated the Knights last season in each of the three contests between the two teams, including the first Saint Mary's win over Calvin in program history.