Knights Upended at Saint Mary’s Saturday Afternoon
Saturday, December 06, 2008
NOTRE DAME, IN – Calvin suffered its first-ever defeat to Saint Mary’s as the Knights dropped a 79-74 road decision Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s game marked the 30th meeting between Calvin and Saint Mary’s. Heading into the contest, the Knights had won the first 29 meetings but the Belles came out with energy in the first half, building an eight-point lead. Calvin responded with a 10-3 run over the final four-and-a-half minutes of the half to tie the game at halftime 37-37.
Calvin (5-2, 1-1 MIAA) then scored the first six points of the second half to take a 43-37 lead but the Belles (4-3, 2-0 MIAA) went on a 12-2 run to regain the lead and never trailed again. Calvin cut the deficit down to three points at 75-72 with 55 seconds remaining but Saint Mary’s came up with a key offensive rebound off a pair of missed free throws and then used a jumper by Erin Newsom with 26 seconds left to ice the win.
Calvin senior Marcia Harris (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Brook Van Eck (Lowell HS) both had double-doubles in a losing effort for the Knights with Harris scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds while Van Eck had a career-high 21 points to go with 10 boards.
Saint Mary’s was led by Newsom with 18 points and nine boards with Patsy Mahoney chipping in with 10.
The Belles were 8-of-12 from three-point range including 4-of-6 in each half. Calvin also committed 23 turnovers in the contest with Saint Mary’s holding a 40-37 rebounding advantage.
Calvin is back in action next Saturday when it travels to Albion for a 3:00 p.m. contest.