Women's Basketball Falls Short in 71-59 Loss to No. 14 Bentley

Women's Basketball Falls Short in 71-59 Loss to No. 14 Bentley

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team dropped a 71-59 decision to No. 14 Bentley University during Wednesday evening's Northeast-10 Conference matchup at the Ross Sports Center. The Falcons are ranked 14th in the nation in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national poll and second in the first NCAA East Region rankings.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (11-13, 7-12 NE10), Bentley (24-2, 18-1 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 3-of-4 three-pointers, 7-of-16 field goals
  • Junior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 11 points, 4 assists, 3 steals
  • Junior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 4-of-9 field goals
  • Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 7 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals
  • First-year Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), 6 points, 3-of-6 field goals

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Katie Meriggioli, 15 points, 15 rebounds, 5 offensive rebounds, 4-of-4 free throws
  • Senior Victoria Lux, 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Junior Monica Viapiano, 14 points, 4 rebounds, 7-of-11 field goals
  • Junior Julia Ford, 13 points, 3-of-4 three pointers, 4-of-7 field goals
  • Senior Megan Lewis, 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Senior Amy McConnell, 4 rebounds, 8 assists

GAME FACTS

  • Bentley is ranked 14th in the nation in the latest WBCA national poll and second in the first NCAA East Region rankings.
  • Second-to-last home game for the Purple and Gold.
  • With three blocks Miller pushed her season total to 53, passing Liz LeFebvre '03 (52) for eighth in program history in season rejections.
  • Purcell upped her career assists total to 263, passing Sue Cahill '90 (260) for 16th in program history, while Ferreri also passed Cahill by extending her career total to 261, putting her 17th in program history. Purcell also increased her season assists total to 122, passing Pam Nee '87 (119) for 13th in program history in season assists. She is four behind Cahill for 12th.
  • The Purple Knights held the Falcons, who entered the game second in the nation in three-point percentage (39.8%), to 6-of-24 (25.0%) shooting from three-point range.
  • The Falcons converted 15-of-18 free-throw chances, while the hosts shot 4-of-5. The Purple Knights forced more turnovers (16) than they committed (15).

THE ACTION

  • The Purple Knights extended their lead to 10-2 at the 5:18 mark in the first quarter on a layup by MacDonough. Ferreri hit two threes during the opening stretch. They again went up by eight (12-4) on a layup by first-year Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School) at 4:12.
  • Bentley finished the first quarter on a 15-6 run, which junior Maddy Springfield capped with the Falcons' fourth three-pointer of the stretch with just 48 seconds left to put Bentley up 19-18.
  • The second quarter saw six lead changes, with the largest lead being two by the Falcons on four separate occasions and once by the Purple Knights on a layup by Ferreri at 6:57 to put Saint Michael's up 26-24. The Falcons went into the half up 34-32 after a layup by Lux with 31 seconds left.
  • After a layup by Purcell at 6:32 in the third quarter to tie the game at 39-39, the Falcons went on a 16-5 stretch, with Lux netting a layup at 8:03 in the fourth to put the Falcons up 55-44. Lux had seven points during the run.
  • The Purple Knights then scored six straight, including four points by Purcell to cut the Falcons' lead to 55-50 with 6:35 remaining.
  • Ford then hit a three on the ensuing possession for the Falcons at 6:23 before hitting another jump shot at 5:26 to put the Falcons back up by 10.
  • With 3:05 remaining in the final frame Purcell dropped in a layup to bring the Purple Knights back to within six, but Ford countered with a three at 2:37 as Bentley netted 11 of the final 16 points, including six free throws in the last 1:11.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Saint Anselm College, 1:30 p.m.
  • The Hawks are ranked seventh in the NCAA East Region.