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SMC Basketball: Belles fall to Calvin in playoff opener

Observer Staff Report | Thursday, February 23, 2012

Saint Mary’s lost their MIAA playoff opener against Calvin College, falling to the No. 5 ranked Knights 78-50 at Calvin on Wednesday.

The Belles faced a very strong defensive performance from Calvin. The Knights held the Belles to 30.2 percent shooting on only 19 made baskets.

Turnovers also proved key in the game, as Calvin was able to capitalize on 28 Belles turnovers for 26 points.

Calvin started the game strong, jumped to a 10-point lead early into the game and caused an early Saint Mary’s timeout.

The Belles kept the game close for much of the first half, but Calvin finished the half on a strong run to take a 40-21 lead into the break.

Saint Mary’s cut the Calvin lead to 14 midway through the second half, but that was as close as the Belles came for the remainder of the game.

Calvin closed the game on a 30-16 run, ending Saint Mary’s MIAA tournament title hopes.

Senior forwards Jessica Centa and Kelley Murphy led the Belles with 10 points each.

Saint Mary’s will wait to see if they receive a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.