WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team faced its second nationally-ranked opponent in four games on Saturday, losing to No. 4 Bentley University, 91-56, during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Dana Center. The Falcons are fourth in this week's D2SIDA National Media Poll.
- Saint Michael's (2-5, 1-4 NE10), Bentley (8-0, 4-0 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
- Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 10 points, 2-for-3 three-pointers
- Junior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2-for-3 three-pointers
- Junior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 8 points, 4 assists
- Junior Cassandra Falone (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), 5 points, 3 assists
- Junior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), 7 rebounds, 5 blocks (tied career high), 2 assists
- Sophomore Katie Merrigioli, 20 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4-for-6 three-pointers
- Senior Megan Lewis, 17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4-for-5 three-pointers
- Senior Amy McConnell, 11 points, 5 assists
- Saint Michael's scored 37 first-half points, tying the third-most points allowed in a half by Bentley over its past 17 games.
- The Purple Knights took on their second nationally-ranked opponent in four games, and are amid a five-game stretch that will include three foes at least ranked regionally.
- The Falcons are fourth in this week's D2SIDA National Media Poll, and first in the East Region rankings.
- Bentley is the defending NE10 postseason champion, having won six of the last eight titles, and qualified for 34 of the past 37 NCAA Tournaments.
- Bentley entered the game as one of three undefeated teams in the NCAA East Region.
- Lewis scored five straight points before McConnell hit a three to cap an 8-0 run and give Bentley a 12-3 lead at 7:37 of the first quarter.
- Falone's jumper finished an 11-5 Purple Knight run that cut the deficit to 17-14 with 3:12 to go.
- Bentley used a 13-4 run to make it 30-18 59 seconds into the second period. Ferreri scored all of the Saint Michael's points.
- Back-to-back threes from Anderson and Breunig trimmed the margin to six, but Falcons scored the next 10 points.
- Ferreri's lay-in at 1:16 kept Saint Michael's within 48-37, but Bentley countered with 27 of the next 32 points to pull away, making seven three-pointers in that time.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Tuesday vs. regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College, 5:30 p.m.
- The Hawks are seventh in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.