Purple Knights fall to visiting Franklin Pierce, 69-61

Purple Knights fall to visiting Franklin Pierce, 69-61

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team lost to Franklin Pierce University, 69-61, on Tuesday at the Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights are 7-15 overall and 3-14 in the league, while the Ravens improved to 12-10 and 9-8.

Senior Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) set career highs with 18 points and six three-pointers, going 6-of-9 from deep, while adding three assists. Classmate Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) tacked on her 10th double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds, as well as four assists, and junior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) totaled 10 points and three assists. Sophomore Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) dished out a team-high five assists. First-year Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) added eight points and two steals off the bench.

Burud pushed her career point total to 1,172, passing Logan Pintka '11 (1,171) for 11th in school history. She also broke a tie with Pam Batalis '85 to take over seventh in free throws (246). The Purple Knights shot 9-of-17 from three-point range for a season-high 52.9 percent clip.

Senior Kara Charette collected 28 points for Franklin Pierce, and classmate Natalie Bastian had 16 points. Senior Dyamond Gardner posted seven assists and nine rebounds, while junior Jasmyne Fogle notched eight points and seven boards.

Three different players scored as Franklin Pierce forged a 7-0 lead, but the Purple Knights countered with eight in a row for the first of six lead changes in the first half. Four Saint Michael's players responded by netting points, and sophomore Tomi Akinpetide's (Sydney, Australia/Rice Memorial) free throw with 3:26 remaining in the opening period putting the hosts in front for the first time. Gaudreau's three-pointer in the final 10 seconds kept the Purple Knights in front, at 13-11, heading into the second quarter.

Charette scored the first four points of a 7-0 run that kicked off the second period before Gaudreau hit another three at 7:59 to make it 18-16, but the Ravens slowly built their lead to 26-18. Gaudreau and Evora nailed consecutive treys to bring Saint Michael's within two, but a late 6-0 run during which Charette scored four points gave the visitors a 34-26 lead at halftime.

Charette's jumper nine seconds into the third quarter extended her team's lead to double figures, but a 15-7 counter by the hosts during which Burud, Evora and Gaudreau all hit threes trimmed the deficit to 43-41 at 5:50. However, Charette made three hoops in the final 3:30 to push the lead back to 10, and Franklin Pierce ultimately took a 55-47 lead into the final stanza. Ferreri's two free throws and lay-in helped cut the hole back to 57-52 with 6:32 remaining in the contest, but the next six points came from Ravens, and the Purple Knights never trailed by fewer than seven points down the stretch.

Saint Michael's remains home to oppose regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. During its second-to-last regular-season home game, the Purple and Gold will honor its seniors prior to tip-off. The Hawks are seventh in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.