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Belles fall to Adrian in 62-56 defeat

Bobby Griffin | Thursday, January 15, 2004

In a tough match up between Adrian and Saint Mary’s Tuesday, Adrian prevailed at home 62-56 in a contest that was very much even throughout the game. Tied at half, Adrian outscored the Belles 26-20 in the second half to escape with the victory Tuesday night.Lead by the three-headed monster of Corrie Helldobler, Fallon Steele and Mandi Lemmons, Adrian moved to (6-7) on the year and (2-3) in the league. Adrian shot 45 percent from the field including 15-of-29 from Helldobler, Steele and Lemmons. Anna Psaute also added eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in only 26 minutes. It also helped Adrian that the Belles turned the ball over an astounding 25 times.Adrian is 3-1 in their last four games after starting out the season at 3-6. Saint Mary’s was lead by Emily Creachbaum, who scored 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds in 25 minutes. Maureen Bush added 11 points and four rebounds. The loss moved Saint Mary’s College to 4-10 on the year, and 0-4 in the MIAA. “We shot well from the floor and the line, we just committed way too many turnovers,” said Susan Bellina.Saint Mary’s has dropped the last five games after an overtime road victory against Tri-State on Dec. 13 and the team is just 1-7 in their last eight games.Throughout the losing streak, one bright spot for the Belles has been Emily Pernotto’s play. She scored 14 points and 17 points in back-to-back home losses against Merchant Marine and Widener. Saint Mary’s 66, Tri-State 64At Tri-State on Jan. 24, Saint Mary’s pulled out an overtime win, in a thrilling game that came down to the wire. Emily Creachbaum had 18 points and 5 rebounds in the win. Katie Miller added 11 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds without turning the ball over once.The win moved Saint Mary’s to 4-5.Merchant Marine 55, Saint Mary’s 51Rebecca Segert’s 27 points and 11 rebounds proved to be too much, as Merchant Marine narrowly defeated Saint Mary’s on Dec. 28. Ashley Carlese added 16 points and seven rebounds for Merchant Marine. Pernotto lead Saint Mary’s with 14 points on 3-of-9 shooting, as the loss moved Saint Mary’s to 4-6.Widener 72, Saint Mary’s 61At Saint Mary’s on Dec. 29, Nicole Stanley, Nikki Carden and Chelsea Luhta exploded on the offensive end scoring 18, 15 and 22 respectively, as Saint Mary’s dropped their second game in a row. Saint Mary’s turned the ball over 26 times, and were outplayed in the second half after being tied at 31 at the half.Calvin 60, Saint Mary’s 38In a lopsided contest between Calvin and Saint Mary’s on Jan 6, Calvin blew the Belles out of the gym on route to a 22-point blow out. Lisa Winkle led Calvin with 14 points, but it was really an even distribution of scoring that lead to the victory. Calvin played great defense, only allowing Saint Mary’s to hit 13-of-53 from the field. The loss dropped Saint Mary’s to 4-8.Hope 71, Saint Mary’s 51On Jan. 10, Saint Mary’s dropped their fourth game in a row, and second in a row by 20 or more points, as they shot 31 percent from the floor and turned the ball over 18 times. Hope was lead by Bria Ebels who scored 13 points on 5-of-11 from the field. Katie Miller had nine points for the Belles.