Women's Basketball Falls to Merrimack in Final NE10 Game of Semester

Women's Basketball Falls to Merrimack in Final NE10 Game of Semester

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team played its last Northeast-10 Conference game for a month on Saturday, losing a 77-59 decision to Merrimack College on Hammel Court.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (2-7, 1-6 NE10), Merrimack (6-4, 2-4 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 26 points (career high), 2 steals, 6-for-14 three-pointers
  • Junior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 9 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 4-for-8 field goals
  • Senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), 7 points, 11 rebounds (tied career high), 8 assists
  • Junior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), 6 points, 5 rebounds
  • First-year Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School), 4 points, 4 rebounds

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Mayson Kimball, 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5-for-7 three-pointers
  • Sophomore Alyssa Casey, 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4-for-6 three-pointers
  • Junior Denia Davis-Stewart, 17 points, 12 rebounds
  • Senior Karlee Alves, 10 assists, 4 steals

GAME FACTS

  • Purple Knights' final Northeast-10 Conference game until Jan. 9.
  • Saint Michael's matched a season high with nine three-pointers and forced 21 turnovers, one off of the most by one of its opponents this winter.
  • Anderson's 26 points were the most by a Purple Knight during an NE10 road game in almost exactly a decade, since Alexis Keller '10 had 27 at The College of Saint Rose on Dec. 6, 2008.
  • Anderson's career-high six three-pointers matched the most by a Purple Knight in an NE10 road game since Jes Hambley '03 buried seven at Assumption College on Feb. 6, 2002. Brigid Hegarty '07 also hit six at Le Moyne College on Feb. 4, 2006.
  • While adding an assist, Anderson played a hand in 28 of her team's 59 points.

THE ACTION

  • The teams swapped the lead nine times in the first quarter alone, including four times in one mid-period 53-second span that saw each squad bury two three-pointers.
  • Casey's triple just before the buzzer gave Merrimack at 17-15 edge heading into the second period.
  • Kimball's two free throws pushed the lead to four at 8:17, but the visitors countered with a 7-0 run, with Anderson burying a three, Purcell converting junior Alyssa Breunig's (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) steal into a lay-up, and Ladas finishing off consecutive free throws with 6:38 to go, making it 22-19.
  • Merrimack responded with a 13-2 run, as Davis-Stewart's lay-up at 36 seconds increased the lead to eight.
  • Ladas kept a final possession alive with an offensive board, and Purcell found Anderson for a buzzer-beating three. Saint Michael's trailed 32-27 at halftime.
  • Anderson's trey cut the hole to 37-34 with 7:21 left in the third, but the Warriors put together a 16-2 run over a 4:32 stretch to forge ahead by 17.
  • Saint Michael's chipped the deficit to 11 points three times in the fourth quarter, including twice on Anderson buckets, but never came closer.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Dec. 16 vs. Vermont Technical College, 1 p.m.
  • Vermont Tech is ranked 13th in the latest United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II national poll.