SMC vs. Otterbein
Belles Hold On To Defeat Otterbein
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - All-Tournament Team selections Patsy Mahoney and Kelley Murphy knocked down a combined four free throws in the final 23 seconds as Saint Mary's held on to defeat Otterbein 56-51 in the Julie Costello Tournament hosted by Thomas More.
The Belles came out and took the lead from the start of the game with a pair of three-pointers and some presence in the paint. Saint Mary's would lead throughout the entire first half and build as much as a 10 point lead before taking a 30-22 advantage into halftime.
Otterbein opened up the second half on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 32-32 with 15:01 left. Saint Mary's regained the lead, but the Cardinals again knotted the score at 36-36 before taking their first lead of the game on a made free throw at 11:56. Otterbein scored a layup off of a Belles turnover to go up 39-36. The Cardinals' lead was short-lived as Saint Mary's tied the game 39-39 on a three by Katie Sullivan. The Belles took back the lead on their next possession, but Otterbein would tie the game for the fourth time on a pair of free throws. The Belles rattled off seven straight points to retake the lead for good and going up 48-41.
The Cardinals kept close and were within one on a made three-pointer with 32 seconds to go. Otterbein quickly burned the foul they had to give and fouled Patsy Mahoney with 23 seconds to go in the game. The junior guard hit both ends of the one-and-one, which also happened to be the Belles' first free throws of the entire game. Kelley Murphy came up with a big defensive rebound on a missed three-point attempt by Otterbein, and she subsequently hit both of her free throws with 10 seconds left on the clock to put the game away for the Belles.
The Belles were 4-4 from the charity stripe while the Cardinals were 9-17.
Kelley Murphy had game-highs for points and rebounds with 26 points and 13 boards in the win. Patsy Mahoney also scored double-digit points for Saint Mary's by notching 14 points of her own. Liz Wade had a big hand in the win for Saint Mary's as well, tallying five rebounds, five steals, five assists, and three points as the Belles out-scored Otterbein 32-22 in the paint on Sunday.
With one of the most successful Novembers in program history in the books, Saint Mary's (5-1) will have their home-opener of the season next Saturday, December 4. They will host #23 (USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches' Poll) and MIAA foe Calvin in the Belles' conference opener at 3:00 p.m.
MVP - Allison Long (Thomas More)
Kristi Kotterman (Otterbein)
Patsy Mahoney (Saint Mary's)
Kelley Murphy (Saint Mary's)
Olivia Waters (Wilmington)
Katie Kitchen (Thomas More)
Nicole Dickman (Thomas More)