Belles Defeated by Scots
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Visiting Alma closed out the game with a 10-2 run over the final 2:39 to take a 67-61 decision over the Saint Mary's basketball team on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing by 11 with ten minutes remaining in the second half, Jenn Henley's squad once again demonstrated their resilience. Over the next seven-and-a-half minutes of play, the Belles outscored the Scots 18-5 to turn that 11-point deficit into a two-point lead for their first advantage of the game since a 27-25 lead in the first half. During that stretch of play, Saint Mary's had Eleni Shea, Sarah Macius, Emily Page, Kayla Wolter, Krista Knapke, Ariana Paul, and Shanlynn Bias all score points for a very balanced attack.
The Scots, however, responded with 10 of the last 12 points of the game over the final few minutes for the eventual six-point win. Alma was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and made the only two shots from the floor that they took.
Saint Mary's out-shot Alma by a 75 to 55 margin, and the Belles made 26 shots from the floor to the Scots' 24. Alma held the upper hand in free throws as they went 18-of-26 from the charity stripe while Saint Mary's had a 9-of-16 mark from the free throw line.
Ariana Paul had career-highs for points and rebounds with 21 and 11, respectively. It was the third consecutive double-double for the sophomore, who also had a game-high seven offensive rebounds. Eleni Shea added 11 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. Krista Knapke scored eight points and pulled down nine rebounds, and Shanlynn Bias also chipped in eight points for the Belles.
Saint Mary's (3-6, 1-3 MIAA) will be off of competition for the week for finals and will get back to action on Saturday, December 15 with an away contest at Calvin beginning at 3:00 p.m.