Purple Knights drop NE-10 match-up at Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell to Merrimack College, 63-45, in Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday on Hammel Court. After the loss, the Purple Knights drop to 1-6 overall and 0-5 in the league, while the Warriors improve to 5-2 and 3-2.

Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) netted a team-high 12 points for Saint Michael's, including a 4-for-4 showing from the free throw line, while classmate Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) tallied 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) finished with six points, four boards and two steals, and classmate Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) and first-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) grabbed seven and six rebounds, respectively.

Sophomore Melissa Miller (North Andover, Mass./Central Catholic) paced Merrimack with 13 points off the bench while adding seven rebounds and three steals. Senior Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, Conn./Tolland) contributed nine points, 13 rebounds and three steals, while first-year Ashley Weissmann (Highland, Calif./Summit) had eight points and seven boards. Senior Jaclyn Lyons (Reading, Mass./Reading) also netted eight points, junior Shelby Secor (Antioch, Calif./Antioch) scored seven, and senior Katie Ganser (Needham, Mass./Needham) had six. Sophomore Chloe Rothman (Newton, Mass./Newton South) scored five points, handed out eight assists and controlled five rebounds.

The Purple Knights used a pair of three-pointers to jump out to a 10-5 lead, on Olsen's triple at 14:02, before Merrimack pulled even at 12-12 with 11:03 remaining. Following a lay-in by Adach that put Saint Michael's up two, the Warriors went on a 17-0 run during a 4:57 span to move in front, 29-14. The visitors answered with an 8-0 run that included 6-for-6 shooting from the free throw stripe to close the gap to seven heading into the half.

Merrimack started the second frame with a 10-3 run that Weissmann capped with five consecutive points, giving the hosts a 39-25 advantage with 15:02 left to play. The Purple Knights twice narrowed the gap to seven, including at 41-34 behind a 9-2 spurt, before the Warriors used a 15-2 run over a period of 5:15 to widen their lead to 56-36 with 3:57 remaining. Saint Michael's scored nine of the last 16 points during the final 3:34.

Saint Michael's returns to action on Thursday, when it hosts Saint Anselm College for a 5:30 p.m. contest.