Belles Defeated by Nationally-Ranked Knights
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's basketball team had their hands full with fourth-ranked Calvin on Wednesday evening as the visiting Knights scored 51 second half points on their way to an 80-54 decision over the Belles.
Less than five minutes into the contest, Calvin held an 11-2 lead. The bounces were not falling Saint Mary's way on offense as the Belles had a tough time getting shots to fall early. Saint Mary's edged within seven points of the Calvin lead, but a 10-3 run by the Knights saw that lead double with 7:20 to go in the opening half. Calvin held at least a ten-point advantage over the remainder of the first half to lead 29-17 at the half. It was just the fourth time this season that the Knights scored fewer than 30 points in the first half of play in a game.
The second half saw the Belles improve upon a 7-of-34 shooting effort in the first half to 11-of-33 in the second period. Saint Mary's scored 37 points in the half, the second-highest number of points allowed by the Knights in the second period of a game this season. The same trend held for Calvin, however, as the Knights made 21-of-31 shots in the period on their way 51 second-half points.
Patsy Mahoney led the Saint Mary's efforts with 15 points. Maggie Ronan added 12 points, and Kelley Murphy notched her 20th career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Murphy also led the team with four steals on the night.
The Belles (7-10, 3-5 MIAA) will begin their second round of MIAA play when they travel to Alma on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Scots.