SMC vs. Trine - MIAA Tournament
Belles Fall in MIAA Tournament to Trine
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The third seeded Saint Mary's basketball team came up short against sixth seeded Trine in the first round of the MIAA Tournament, falling 68-58 to the Thunder.
Trine came out ready to upset the higher-seeded Belles. After Patsy Mahoney hit a three-pointer to put Saint Mary's on the board, Trine scored nine unanswered points to go up 9-3. Trailing 16-10 with 12:19 to go in the first half, Saint Mary's was able to get back into the game and tie the score at 16-16 on a layup by Jessica Centa with just under eight minutes to go. Five minutes later, Centa gave the Belles their first lead since the opening bucket with a made jump shot in the paint to put Saint Mary's up 22-21.
The Belles took their largest lead of the game after Annie Doyle knocked down a pair of free throws and Domini Paradiso added a layup of her own to put Saint Mary's up 26-21 with 1:56 left before the half. Over the final minute and a half of the opening half, the Belles were able to trade blows with Trine and took a 29-25 lead into halftime.
Saint Mary's lead was erased with Trine's first two possessions, and the game was tied at 29-29 just a minute and a half into the second period. Trine then hit a pair of three-pointers to go up 38-33. The Belles showed their resilience and continued to battle back. Kelley Murphy had a layup with 5:16 to go in the game to put Saint Mary's up 48-47 for the team's first lead since the 16:00 mark. Trine, however, could hardly miss while the Belles could not catch a break as the Thunder used a 9-1 spurt in just over two minutes to turn a 52-51 lead into a 61-52 lead with just 59 seconds left in the game. Trine made 14-of-17 free throws over the final five minutes of the game to take the 68-58 win.
Saint Mary's had a tough shooting night from the floor, hitting just 21-of-60 (35.0%) field goal attempts while Trine was 20-of-42 (47.6%) from the floor.
Kelley Murphy had game-highs of 22 points and nine rebounds for the Belles in the loss. Jessica Centa hit five of her eight shot attempts on her way to 11 points while adding three steals.
The Belles end their season with an 18-8 overall record, which is the most wins in program history in a single season.