COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell to the University of New Haven, 52-43, despite a second-half surge on Tuesday in the Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 5-10 overall and 2-8 in the league, while the Chargers improved to 7-7 and 3-6.
With her team amid a stretch of playing seven of nine games at home, sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) led the hosts with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting with three assists and two steals, while first-year Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) netted eight points on 2-of-3 three-point shooting from the bench. Junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) scored eight points, senior Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) had seven points and six boards, while redshirt first-year reserve Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) pulled five boards.
Junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) hit one milestone and narrowly missed another, pulling 10 rebounds and blocking one shot. She matched Amy Pitchers '08 for fifth in program history with 109 career rejections and also has 498 boards, closing in on becoming the 22nd Purple Knight with 500 rebounds. Senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) dropped in a bucket to become the 30th player in school annals with 800 points, as she has totaled 801 in 70 games.
Sophomore Micah Wormack posted 12 points and 10 rebounds for New Haven, and junior Alexandria Kerr and first-year Brie Pergola both ended the night with 15 points and seven rebounds. Kerr added two steals.
Four different players scored as the Chargers notched the first eight points of the game and twice led by 10 points in the opening quarter, including at 14-4 after two Pergola free throws at 4:08. Ferreri's three-point play and Delaney's jumper cut the deficit in half by the end of the frame, and Saint Michael's was still down five after Purcell's lay-in at 9:13 of the second period. New Haven scored the final 10 points of the half, with senior Quana Smith burying back-to-back threes at one point.
The Purple and Gold trailed by no more than 15 points for the remainder of the game and twice drew within 10 points during the third stanza, when it shot 7-of-14 from the floor, on baskets by Spencer and Purcell, before Wormack's freebie at 8:00 of the fourth quarter made it 43-28. Saint Michael's responded with a 9-1 run, as four players scored, and Purcell's lay-in off of Evans' feed produced a 44-37 margin with 4:30 to go. However, Kerr buried a triple on the next possession, and the Purple Knights never again trailed by fewer than nine points.
The Purple Knights visit Adelphi University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Panthers won last year's NE10 Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.