SMC vs. Anderson
Belles Battle Back to Remain Undefeated
ANDERSON, Ind. - The Saint Mary's basketball team came back from a 12-point deficit to push their record to 4-0 on the year on Tuesday evening.
The Belles trailed Anderson University by 12-points in the first half and were down by six at the break 32-26. The host Ravens jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first 2:28 of play. Saint Mary's began chipping away and got within three at 14-11 on a made bucket by Katherine Wabler. With the score at 16-13 in favor of Anderson, the Ravens went on a 10-1 run for their largest lead of the half and the game with a 26-14 advantage with just under five minutes left to go in the half. Saint Mary's was able to make the game a two-possession game before the break with a made jump shot by Jessica Centa and a pair of free throws by Maggie Ronan in the last 1:08 to make the score 32-26.
Saint Mary's would go on to out-score the Ravens 36-24 in the second half for the win on the road. Six and a half minutes into the second half, the Belles took their first lead of the game on a made three-pointer by Patsy Mahoney. The teams traded the lead back-and-forth a pair of times before Saint Mary's went up for good with 6:38 to go on a second-chance basket by Maggie Ronan. The Ravens made the game a one-possession contest four times in the final five minutes, but the Belles were able to hold on by scoring four points in the final 26 seconds after a key steal by Liz Wade.
Jessica Centa helped lead the Belles to the win with a team-high 14 points and a game-best 13 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Maggie Ronan added 12 points for Saint Mary's as nine different players contributed to the offense on the night. The Belles got 30 points from their bench while also out-scoring the Ravens 21-4 on second chance points. Saint Mary's also held a 44-35 advantage in rebounding.
The Belles, who continued one of their best starts in program history with a 4-0 record, will travel to Thomas More College for a tournament over the weekend. Saint Mary's will face off against Wilmington on Saturday, November 27 and Otterbein on Sunday, November 28.