COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team picked up its fifth victory in its last six contests after topping The College of Saint Rose, 70-59, in Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday at Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights improve to 7-10 overall and 5-8 in the league after the win, while the Golden Knights drop to 6-11 and 3-10.
Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) notched a career-best 31 points, falling just five short of the 32-year-old program record held by Kathy O'Neil '81. Olsen also tallied five rebounds and six steals for Saint Michael's while shooting 10-of-17 from the field, 4-for-5 from three-point range, and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) recorded her second double-double of the season, totaling 10 points and 12 boards, while classmate Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) finished with 10 points and four assists. Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) added eight points and four rebounds, and first-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) had six points, six boards and three steals.
First-year Nicole Bini (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute of Rochester) paced Saint Rose with 13 points, while senior Emily Trapp (Hanson, Mass./Whitman-Hanson) finished with 12. Sophomore Mariah Lesure (Amherst, Mass./Tabor Academy) contributed nine points and six rebounds, and classmate Gabie Polce (Chelmsford, Mass./Central Catholic) totaled eight points and three blocks. Junior Desiree Simmons (Newark, N.J./Malcolm X Shabazz) registered seven points and nine boards, senior Maria Sanchez Gonzalez (Madrid, Spain/Liceo Frances de Madrid) had seven points, and classmate Jessica Walton (Albany, N.Y./Holy Names) controlled nine rebounds.
The first half's opening 4:18 saw three lead changes before Saint Rose used a 12-4 run to move out to an 18-10 lead with 8:50 left. The teams traded the next four buckets, and the visitors tacked on five more points to extend their advantage to 27-14 with 7:40 to play in the frame. The Purple Knights scored the next 12 points as part of a 23-5 run, with Olsen contributing 15 of her team's points. The hosts led 39-34 at halftime.
The Golden Knights regained the lead, at 44-43, after Trapp's lay-in 6:50 into the second half. Following six lead changes that left the score 52 apiece with 8:37 remaining, Saint Michael's used a 10-1 run to secure a nine-point cushion with 5:31 left to play on an Adach three-pointer. Saint Rose trailed by five at 3:22 and 65-59 with 2:07 left before the Purple Knights converted five free throws while holding Saint Rose scoreless in the final two minutes of action.
Saint Michael's returns to action on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., when it hosts an Assumption College team receiving votes in the most recent USA TODAY national poll.