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Belles look for second league win

Heather VanHoegarden | Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Fresh off their first league win of the season against Olivet, Saint Mary’s will look to steal their second win tonight when the Belles play host to Calvin.But to put it in perspective, Calvin has as many league losses as the Belles have league wins. Their 8-1 record in the MIAA puts them in second place, only behind Hope for the best league record. Calvin is 15-3 overall on the year and is coming into Saint Mary’s on a 13 game-winning streak.Saint Mary’s, on the other hand, is holding onto a 6-13 overall record and a 1-7 mark in the MIAA. The Belles have, however, won two of their last three games. Stopping Calvin will be a challenge for the Belles despite their recent success. Calvin averages 13.3 more points than its opponents, and in the first meeting between Saint Mary’s and Calvin, Calvin won 60-38. Calvin is led by Kristen McDonald, averaging 14.6 points and 4.2 assists per game, and Lisa Winkle, who scores 12.9 points and grabs 7.3 rebounds per game. McDonald is deadly from 3-point range, shooting 42 percent on the year. Stopping McDonald and Winkle will be important if the Belles are going to pull off this MIAA upset.The Belles have been lead all year by Emily Creachbaum. Her continued leadership and solid play will be important for the Belles in order to establish their inside presence. In the Monday night win over Olivet, the Belles outscored their opponent 49-45 in the second half. A solid second half of play will also be important if the Belles are going to defeat Calvin.In the Olivet game, Katie Miller had 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead the Belles on the offensive end. She shot 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Creachbaum added 10 points and five rebounds in the win. One negative from the Olivet game was Saint Mary’s inability to stop center Amanda Johnston, who cruised to 32 points on 9-of-15 shooting and 14-of-15 from the line. Johnston grabbed 12 rebounds and had four assists. Part of the reason the Belles were dominated by Olivet’s center was the absence of Creachbaum, who was in foul trouble throughout the game.A win would be crucial for the Belles as they continue their attempt to turn around their season, as they will face a very talented Hope team this weekend.Tip-off tonight will be at 7:30pm at Saint Mary’s.