Women's Basketball Falls at Nationally-Regarded Stonehill, 74-66, Despite Comeback

Women's Basketball Falls at Nationally-Regarded Stonehill, 74-66, Despite Comeback

EASTON, Mass. - A big second-half comeback fell short as the regionally-regarded Saint Michael's College women's basketball team lost a 74-66 decision to nationally-regarded Stonehill College on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play in Merkert Gymnasium. The Purple Knights received votes toward this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, while the Skyhawks were receiving votes toward the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national poll. Stonehill qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (4-2, 0-2 NE10), Stonehill (4-1, 1-0 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Junior Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 26 points (tied career high), 2 steals, 6-for-14 three-pointers
  • Sophomore Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), 12 points, 3 assists, 5-for-6 field goals
  • Senior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), 9 points, 6 rebounds
  • Senior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 8 points, 4 assists, 4 steals
  • Sophomore Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School), 4 points, 4 rebounds

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Grace Carter, 21 points, 5-for-13 three-pointers
  • Sophomore Isabella Santoro, 20 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Senior Gabrielle Reuter, 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Sophomore Emily Bramanti, 12 points, 7 rebounds
  • Sophomore Sophie Glidden, 8 rebounds
  • Sophomore Megan Hill, 3 blocks

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple Knights received votes toward this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.
  • Stonehill received votes toward this week's Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national poll and qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments. The Skyhawks were also tied for fifth in the D2SIDA regional rankings.
  • Anderson pushed her career total to 98 three-pointers, vaulting past Christine Gaffney '96 (96) and Dani Rayner '07 (97) to take over 12th in program history.
  • Saint Michael's held advantages on overall shooting (43.5%-40.6%) and three-point success (37.5%-30.4%) while forcing 19 turnovers and committing only 13, claiming an 8-6 edge in steals.
  • In the second half alone, the Purple and Gold shot 5-for-15 (33.3%) from three-point range to Stonehill's 0-for-6 showing. The Skyhawks were held to 3-of-12 (25.0%) shooting from the floor in the fourth quarter but went 8-of-9 on free throws.
  • The Purple Knights trailed by as many as 20 points, at 36-16 with 7:09 remaining in the second period, before outscoring Stonehill, 50-38, from there. Saint Michael's held scoring edges in each of the final three quarters.

THE ACTION

  • Senior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) and MacDonough knocked down consecutive jumpers to give Saint Michael's a 4-0 edge, but Carter canned three threes in a 28-5 response, and Stonehill led 28-9 with 1:07 left in the opening quarter.
  • Carter's triple produced a 36-16 lead by 7:09 of the second period, but the Purple Knights slowly trimmed the deficit, with MacDonough's three with 23 seconds remaining cutting the halftime margin to 47-35.
  • Miller's jumper with 5:33 left in the third period brought the visitors within 51-45, capping a 19-6 run that saw Anderson bury a trio of treys and MacDonough score five points.
  • Santoro's free throw at 1:25 finished a 7-0 spurt that put the hosts up by 13, but MacDonough hit a three with less than a minute to go, and Anderson's jumper at 7:46 of the fourth quarter finished an 11-0 run that made it 60-58.
  • Two Carter freebies were met by an Anderson three at 5:10 (62-61), and Miller's lay-up at 3:46 also cut the deficit to one (64-63). Stonehill scored the next four points, but Anderson's step-back three with 1:46 remaining had Saint Michael's within 68-66.
  • Reuter hit a long jumper 30 seconds later, and the Purple Knights missed all four of their shots in the final minute, while the Skyhawks went 4-for-5 on free throws to clinch the win.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Dec. 4 vs. Southern New Hampshire University, 5:30 p.m.
  • The Purple Knights will partner with the College's Center for Women and Gender to host a Pride Game that night.