St. Mary's wears out IND, 63-36

January 29, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

The Institute of Notre Dame gave St. Mary's a tough time in the first half yesterday. The second half, however, was a much different story.

No. 6 St. Mary's allowed only 10 points in the second half thanks to a trapping press, and the Saints got a combined 47 points from Bridget Smith, Annetta Davis and Anne Donovan to score a 63-36 victory over the Institute of Notre Dame in a Catholic League game at the College of Notre Dame.

St. Mary's (13-3 overall, 8-1 in the Girls basketball

league) struggled through much of the first half. The Saints needed a late 14-5 run to take a 33-26 halftime lead.

St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson then put in a 1-2-1-1 full-court trapping press at the start of the second half. The Saints, who then fell back into different half-court defenses, repeatedly forced IND (6-9, 3-6) into making bad passes in the backcourt.

"That's the best defense we've played this year," said Dobson. "It's great defense."

St. Mary's finished with 21 steals, and the Indians turned the ball over a total of 27 times.

"They have some good dribblers, but most of them pass," said Davis. "I knew it was probably going to work."

The Indians missed 22 of 27 from the field in the final two quarters. IND went more than six minutes without a basket or point in the third quarter and five more minutes in the final quarter.

After trading baskets at the start of the second half, St. Mary's outscored the Indians, 28-8, the rest of the way.

"They got rattled instead of being patient," said IND coach Jerry Hahn. "[St. Mary's] just capitalized."

Smith led St. Mary's with 17 points, five steals and five assists. Davis nearly pulled off a triple-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds andnine steals. Donovan added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kortni Webb topped the Indians with 12 points, and Debbie Krastel added 10. Both players, however, scored only two points apiece in the second half.

Much of the first half was a different story. Krastel scored the Indians' final five points to give them a 15-14 lead after one.

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