Belles Grounded by No. 6/3 Flying Dutch
HOLLAND, Mich. - The Saint Mary's basketball team had trouble trying to match the offensive firepower of No. 6/3 (USA Today/d3hoops.com) Hope as the Flying Dutch claimed the 87-41 win on Wednesday night.
Saint Mary's went up 8-5 with four consecutive points five minutes into the game. The Belles stayed within striking distance as the Flying Dutch tied the game and regained the lead on a pair of three-pointers. Those two shots, however, propelled Hope to a 26-6 scoring spree over the next 12 minutes to take a 17-point lead with 2:11 remaining before the half.
The Flying Dutch went on to have a high level of success from the floor in the second half as they hit 63.9 percent of their attempts in the second period of play on 23-of-36 shooting. Saint Mary's made 8-of-23 (34.8 percent) of their shots over the same span.
Shanlynn Bias led the Belles with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor to go along with five free throws. Eleni Shea added eight points, and Kayla Wolter chipped in six points and three steals.
Saint Mary's (5-12, 3-5 MIAA) will travel to Olivet on Saturday as they begin the second round of conference contests with a 3:00 p.m. game against the Comets.