MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team snapped its three-game losing skid by topping Saint Anselm College, 63-43, in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. With the win, the Purple Knights improve to 10-15 overall and 8-13 in the league, while Hawks drop to 4-21 and 1-20 after the defeat.
Junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) scored a game-high 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting that included a 2-for-2 showing from three-point range for Saint Michael's. Long also grabbed nine rebounds, with six coming on the offensive glass, and had three steals. Classmate Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) tallied 12 points, while first-year Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) totaled 11 points with the help of three three-pointers. Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) netted 10 points, hitting 6-of-6 from the free throw stripe, to reach 1,036 career points and surpass Jevy Rayner '07 (1,032 points) to move into 17th on the program's scoring list. Adach also controlled six boards and handed out a pair of assists. Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) had 10 points on 5-of-6 free throw shooting and added two assists and two steals, while first-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) totaled nine rebounds.
Junior Briana Jones (White Plains, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) led Saint Anselm with 12 points and six rebounds while adding a pair of assists, and first-year Kelsey McKeon (Alameda, Calif./Alameda) totaled eight points and four boards. First-year Krista O'Gara (New Fairfield, Conn./Canterbury School) contributed eight points, while sophomore Allie Jones (South Kingstown, R.I./South Kingstown) finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Three players scored for the Purple Knights in the game's first 8:41, as both teams stood tied at 11. The Hawks scored the next seven points before a three-pointer from Gaudreau capped an 8-0 Saint Michael's run, giving the visitors a 19-18 lead with 6:08 left in the opening half. Neither team led by more than four points during the remainder of the half, as the Purple Knights netted six straight points to close the frame with a 28-26 advantage.
Saint Michael's maintained at least a two-point lead until Briana Jones knocked down a pair of free throws 7:19 into the second half to cut the visitors' advantage to 37-36. The Purple Knights pulled away with a 26-7 run over the game's final 12:11. Five players scored for Saint Michael's during the stretch, including Deroy, who drained two three-pointers and scored all 12 points of her points in the run.
The Purple Knights return to the floor for the final time this season when they travel to play Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. contest.