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February 16, 2013

Adach becomes 18th Purple Knight with 1,000 points, Saint Michael's falls to No. 18 Stonehill

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) became the 18th player in Saint Michael's College women's basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Saturday during the Purple Knights' 70-58 loss against 18th-ranked Stonehill College in the Ross Sports Center.

Despite slipping to 9-14 overall and 7-12 in the Northeast-10 Conference, Saint Michael's is still one game out of the 10th and final postseason spot with three games remaining. The Skyhawks are ranked in this week's USA TODAY poll and improved to 20-3 and 16-3.

Adach posted a game-high 19 points on Senior Day while grabbing six rebounds, as she now has 1,008 career points. After recording six in the opening half, she knocked down a pair of free throws with 12:42 left in the second stanza for points 1,000 and 1,001. Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) added 15 points and nine boards, first-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) tacked on 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting to go along with three steals, and junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) provided 10 points. Burud, Long and senior Rachele Bernache (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) all snagged four rebounds.

Junior Mary Louise Dixon (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) turned in 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting for Stonehill in addition to collecting nine rebounds and four assists. Classmate Asia Ewing (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) also had 16 points while pulling down eight boards, as 10 different Skyhawks provided points in the contest.

Ewing had four points while helping her squad score the opening 10 points prior to Olsen hitting two free throws at 14:28 of the opening period, but Stonehill eventually extended its lead to 19-4. Long's pair of freebies capped a 12-4 run, which Adach keyed with six points, to help the Purple Knights creep within 23-16 at 6:59, but the visitors pushed their lead back to 14 twice by the intermission. Ewing's three-pointer at the end of the shot clock with six seconds to go in the stanza sent the Skyhawks into the locker room with a 38-24 advantage.

Dixon had four points early in the second period, as the visitors made it a 20-point contest by 17:19 and eventually led by as many as 23. Down 18, the Purple Knights chipped their deficit to 12 thanks to a 6-0 spurt, which Burud closed with a lay-up at 2:21, but the hosts came no closer down the stretch.

Before the game, Adach, Bernache, Olsen and senior Kayla Carnell (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) were honored during a Senior Day ceremony.

Saint Michael's closes its home schedule on Wednesday versus Merrimack College at 5:30 p.m.

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