WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team dropped a 79-49 decision to No. 2 Bentley University in a Northeast-10 Conference contest on Tuesday at the Dana Physical Education Center. After the defeat, the Purple Knights, who played their second straight game without two of their usual starters, slip to 9-13 overall and 7-11 in conference, while the Falcons, who are ranked in the USA TODAY national poll and have reached 29 of the last 31 NCAA Tournaments, including appearances in the last two Elite Eights, stay unbeaten at 22-0 and 18-0.
Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) scored 16 points for the Purple Knights, surpassing Alexis Keller '10 (987 points) and Karen Monahan '92 (974 points) to move into 18th place in program history with 989 points. Adach converted 6-of-6 on free throws and shot 2-of-2 from three-point range while adding nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, and a pair of steals. Classmate Kayla Carnell (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) netted a career-best 11 points with the help of a 5-for-6 performance from the free throw stripe and grabbed five boards. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) had seven points and five rebounds, including four on the offensive end, classmate Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) tallied six points and two steals, and senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) finished with four rebounds and three assists.
Senior Kelsey Roberson (Arlington, Mass./Arlington Catholic) led the Falcons with 12 points while also tallying four rebounds and four assists. Classmate Courtney Finn (Winthrop, Mass./Winthrop) recorded 11 points and nine boards, while sophomore Kelsey Mattice (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero North Syracuse) had 11 points. Junior Lauren Battista (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, first-year Jane White (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) added nine points and three assists, and junior Tyler Parker Kimball (New Britain, Conn./New Britain/Roxbury CC) grabbed eight boards.
Finn scored five points during a 10-0 Bentley run over a 2:24 span to help her team take a 10-2 lead in the first 4:03 of the opening half. Adach netted the next five points for the visitors to make the score 12-7 before the Falcons hit 5-for-6 from three-point range, including a 3-for-3 showing from White, as part of a 29-9 run to end the half.
After Adach and Gaudreau knocked in three-pointers 40 seconds apart in the early goings of the second half, Mattice's lay-up capped an 8-0 Bentley run to give the hosts a 59-24 advantage with 13:10 remaining in the game. The Purple Knights answered with seven straight points, but the hosts didn't let their lead fall below 30 points in the last 10:37.
Saint Michael's returns to the floor on Saturday when it hosts Stonehill College, which is ranked 18th in this week's USA TODAY poll, at 1:30 p.m.