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SMC Basketball: Calvin tops Belles in MIAA contest

Tim Singler | Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Saint Mary’s basketball team fell to conference rival Calvin 67-57 Wednesday night.

The Belles (10-8, 5-5 MIAA) started out the first few minutes of the game strong, surprising the Knights into an early timeout. After the timeout, Calvin (17-2, MIAA 9-1) came out with new energy as they jumped to an eight-point lead and never looked back.

The Belles came into the game facing a new challenge, as there was a big difference in height between the two teams. Calvin used their height to its advantage, controlling the area around the basket on both sides of the ball.

The Knights were also able to execute their plan on taking Saint Mary’s senior Anna Kammrath out of the game early as she quickly accumulated two fouls early in the game. Without Kammrath in the game, the Belles lacked a vital component of the team.

“Without Anna it really takes a toll on us,” Belles coach Jennifer Henley said. “We are not as deep at that position as in years past, so it puts some strain on other players.”

With the absence of Kammrath for much of the first half, junior Liz Wade stepped up big to help out the Belles. Wade, already known for her tough defense and skill at stealing the ball, grabbed 11 rebounds.

“Her trademark has always been defense,” Henley said.

Wade also added 5 steals to complement a stellar defensive game.

Saint Mary’s played well against No. 10 Calvin, but in the end the talent gap was too much to overcome.

“We missed some opportunities,” Henley said. “We challenged the team for this game, and they responded very well.”

The Belles will travel to face Alma at 3 p.m. Saturday.