NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Calvin women's basketball took down St. Mary's on the road with a score of 57-51 on Wednesday night.
The Knights now hold sole possesion of fourth place in the MIAA standings with a 7-5 conference record.
The Knights started out scoring quickly by going on a 14-4 run to start the game. The run was capped off by a three pointer by freshmen Sydney Cleary (Middleville, MI / South Christian). St. Mary's struggled to score early but started getting hot towards the end of the quarter and pulled within seven with a score of 17-10.
The Knights began pulling away at the start of the 2nd quarter by going on a 7-2 run to extend the lead to 24-12. The Belles weren't backing down as they kept gaining ground throughout the 2nd quarter. It was a back and forth contest and St. Mary's pulled within eight to make it a 32-24 game with Calvin leading at the half. Calvin was shooting 41.2% from the field and 21.4% from three at halftime.
Calvin maintained a lead over St. Mary's, but the Belles did not back down as they hit a three pointer with 5:30 left in the quarter to make it a 41-38 game. The Belles kept it close throughout the remainder of the 3rd quarter and the Knights had a 45-42 lead heading into the 4th quarter.
Sophomore Gabby Timmer (Caledonia, MI / South Christian) made layup to start the 4th to make it a 7-point game with a score of 49-42. Timmer hit another shot to extend the lead to 10 with 5:33 left in the game with a score of 52-42. St. Mary's tried a late comeback bid but came up short as the Knights gained the much-needed conference road win to improve to 13-8 on the season and 7-5 in the MIAA.
Timmer lead the Knights in scoring with 25 points to go with 9 rebounds while sophomore teammate Stephanie Coors (Evergreen, CO / Valor Christian) had 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Cleary added 8 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. The Knights finished shooting 40.4% from the field and 23.5% from the three-point line.
Calvin limited Saint Mary's to 30.6 percent field goal shooting.
COACHES COMMENT: "Our group learned a valuable lesson of resilience and response tonight," said Calvin head women's basketball coach Mark Christner. "We were up 17-4 and then St. Mary's got on the glass to get back into the game. Our defense the stretch was tremendous. We did a good job of feeding the post. It is important for us to keep improving. We looking forward to honoring our seniors Saturday."
NEXT UP: Calvin is home against Olivet College this Saturday with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m. Prior to the game, Calvin will honor seniors Sydney Houlemard and Kara Minderhoud along with student assistant coach Alexus Thomas.