WORCESTER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball lost a 64-53 decision to Assumption College on Saturday in Laska Gymnasium. The Purple Knights are 8-15 overall and 5-13 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Greyhounds improved to 8-15 and 5-13.
Junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) notched 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting for the visitors, hauling in eight rebounds, while classmate Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) had 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with three assists and two blocks. Sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) collected seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while seniors Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) and Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) totaled eight and seven points, respectively. Spencer added three assists and two steals. The Purple Knights went 4-of-6 on free throws, compared to 19-for-22 for the hosts.
Junior Morgan O'Donnell led all players with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Assumption, adding three assists and two blocks. Senior Morgan O'Brien had 14 points and seven boards, while first-year Meghan Reen totaled 11 points.
The Purple Knights committed only four first-half turnovers while forcing 10 to trail 20-19 by halftime. After three players scored in an opening 7-1 run, which included a Ferreri three-point play, Assumption forged ahead thanks to a 16-4 stretch, with O'Donnell and junior Jordan Hawkins scoring four points each. Sophomore Cassandra Falone's (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) three-pointer at 6:00 of the second quarter triggered an 8-3 response, and first-year Nicole Anderson's (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) triple at 1:23 drew Saint Michael's within a single point heading into the locker room.
After totaling 39 points in the first 20 minutes, the teams combined for 30 in the third quarter alone. O'Donnell netted five points in an opening 7-2 run that pushed the lead to 27-21, but Spencer had five points and Delaney four during a 9-0 stretch that gave the Purple Knights a 30-27 edge. Seven of the next eight points came from Greyhounds, and O'Donnell's three-point play pushed the lead to four at 1:20.
Spencer drilled a three off of Purcell's pass at 8:39 of the fourth quarter to bring Saint Michael's within 38-36 before Assumption extended its advantage to seven on O'Donnell's lay-up with 6:56 to go. Bennett buried a three on the next possession before Ferreri made two free throws to create a 43-41 margin at 6:03, and the visitors still trailed by two on Delaney's lay-in with 5:39 to go. However, Reen scored the next five points, kicking off a personal 7-2 run. Bennett's lay-up made it 52-47 at 3:12, but O'Brien and O'Donnell split the scoring during an 8-2 run that helped Assumption lead by 11 with a little more than a minute to go.
The Purple Knights visit No. 7 Bentley University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Falcons' ranking is according to this week's Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national poll.