Calvin ends Saint Mary's win streak
By KATIE McVOY
After a two-game winning high, the Saint Mary's basketball team dropped its 11th conference game of the season.
The Belles fell to Calvin College 64-44, lacking all the elements that had gained them their only two wins of the season. Saint Mary's shot only 24.6 percent from the field and were out-rebounded by the Calvin Knights 50-29.
"We played as well as we did against Kalamazoo and Olivet for the first half of the game," freshman forward Kristen Matha said, "but our rebounding and shooting fell apart midway through the second half."
Calvin came into the game with a second-place rank in the MIAA, trailing Hope College by only half a game. With Saturday's win, the Knights improved their record to 10-2 in the MIAA and reached a 15-win plateau for the eighth consecutive season.
Calvin took the lead early in the game, but the Belles stayed close through the first half. Early in the second half, Saint Mary's only trailed by four.
Midway through the second half Calvin clinched the game with a 20-4 scoring run. Saint Mary's only scored five points in the last seven minutes of regulation time.
"Calvin went on a large scoring drive and we lost pace and couldn't keep the momentum," Matha said. "Our shooting and rebounding fell with that loss of momentum."
Matha led the Belles with 13 points and eight rebounds. Joining Matha on offense was junior forward Julie Norman with nine points. Defensive help came from sophomore Kelly Jones who led the team in rebounds with nine.
All Sports Stories for Monday, February 7, 2000