BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team netted its highest point total in nearly nine years on Saturday, opening its season with an 89-48 victory against Molloy College at the University of Bridgeport Women's Basketball Classic in Hubbell Gymnasium. The Lions were also beginning their campaign.
Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) netted a career-high 27 points for the Purple Knights, who won their season opener for the 12th time in 13 seasons. Adach went 10-of-18 from the floor and 7-for-7 at the charity stripe while adding five assists. Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and first-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) both had double-doubles, with Olsen recording 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, and Burud tallying 17 points and 10 boards in her college debut. First-year Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) notched 11 points and six assists, and redshirt sophomore Kaitlin Geary (Milton, Vt./Milton) picked up seven points and seven rebounds in her first college game, as she had missed each of the past two seasons due to injury. Saint Michael's shot 48.4 percent, having last scored as many as 89 points on Feb. 13, 2004.
Sophomore Nicole Arnone (Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic) led Molloy with 14 points, and junior Kelly Guerriero (Floral Park, N.Y./Mount Saint Mary's) collected 11. The Purple Knights outrebounded the Lions, 53-35, while holding them to 4-of-34 three-point shooting.
Saint Michael's scored nine of the first 10 points, not allowing a field goal until 6:45 had elapsed in the opening half. Gaudreau drained a three-pointer to give the Purple Knights a 21-4 lead at 10:04, as her squad held the Lions to 1-of-16 with four turnovers during the first 10:49 of the game. Saint Michael's kept Molloy in single digits until 5:16 remained, and carried a 45-19 advantage into the locker room after Adach dropped in a bucket with nine seconds left. The Purple Knights shot 47.4 percent in the stanza while limiting the Lions to 16.7 percent shooting, including 2-of-18 from three-point range.
In the second half, Saint Michael's netted 12 of the opening 15 points and eventually pushed their lead to 40 on an Olsen free throw with 9:16 remaining, which produced a 68-28 margin. From that point, the Purple Knights' advantage never slipped to fewer than 37 points.
During an all-Purple Knights match-up, Saint Michael's faces the host tomorrow at 4 p.m.