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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
The Observer

SMC Basketball: Belles come up short to conference rival Calvin

Despite another solid night from their starters, the Belles' recent luck in close games finally ran out as they fell on the road to Calvin 66-62.Saint Mary's (8-8, 4-4 MIAA) came into Wednesday night's game in Grand Rapids riding a two-game conference winning streak. In both games, the Belles trailed for a significant period but managed to come away with a three-point victory in each contest. Wednesday's game seemed to run on the same script. The Belles trailed the Knights for the entire first half and despite being down by 10 points with 7:48 left in the period, the squad managed to pull within one point before heading to the locker room. The second half was more of the same: a back-and-forth contest in which Calvin pushed the lead to eleven with 13:07 to go in the game, only to see that lead dissolve as the Belles went on an 11-1 run to cut the lead to one with six minutes remaining. Saint Mary's senior guard Alison Kessler capped off a 20-point night by hitting two free-throws with 1:11 left to close the deficit to 63-62. It looked like Saint Mary's might pull out yet another close win. But Calvin junior guard Marcia Harris had other plans. Harris' two free-throws with four seconds left iced the game for Calvin and prolonged the Belles' eleven-year drought against the Knights. Saint Mary's squandered stand-out performances by Kessler, sophomore forward Anna Kammrath, who finished with 16 points and nine rebounds, and junior guard Katie Rashid, who added 14 points. The Belles' defense also had a relatively successful night. Harris, who finished with 23 points, was the only Knight to score in double figures.Saint Mary's will look to rebound from the loss when they host Hope Saturday afternoon at the Angela Athletic Center.