Anderson's Late Heroics Lift Women's Basketball Past Regionally-Ranked SNHU, 76-68

Anderson's Late Heroics Lift Women's Basketball Past Regionally-Ranked SNHU, 76-68

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) buried a tie-breaking three-pointer with 34.1 seconds remaining to kick off a personal 8-0 run to clinch the Saint Michael's College women's basketball team's 76-68 victory over regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to down their second consecutive regionally-ranked Northeast-10 Conference foe, as the Penmen are ninth in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (9-11, 5-10 NE10), Southern New Hampshire (14-8, 8-7 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Junior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 6-for-6 free throws
  • Senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3-for-5 three-pointers
  • Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 13 points, 5-for-6 free throws
  • Junior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 three-pointers
  • First-year Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School), 8 points, 4-for-5 field goals
  • Junior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), 10 rebounds (5 offensive), 4 blocks

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Brianna Camara, 17 points, 9 assists, 3 steals
  • Sophomore Gyanna Russell, 16 points, 6 rebounds
  • Senior Kylie Lorenzen, 14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple Knights downed their second consecutive regionally-ranked team, both of which were ranked ninth in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll. Saint Michael's bested Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday.
  • Saint Michael's has won seven of its last 11, including four of the last five.
  • The Purple Knights forced 16 turnovers and held a 25-13 advantage off of giveaways. The hosts were 13-for-14 on free throws while the Penmen shot 7-for-7.
  • Saint Michael's shot 9-for-27 (33.3%) from three-point range, while the visitors were 7-for-27 (25.9%).
  • After only hosting five of its first 15 games, the Purple Knights are amid playing four home games in 19 days.
  • The Purple and Gold improved to 19-6 all-time at home against the Penmen.
  • Southern New Hampshire had its four-game winning streak snapped.
  • Miller improved her career block total to 71, passing Kathy King '89 (68) and Alexa Long '14 (68) for eighth in program history.

THE ACTION

  • Saint Michael's led 10-0 just 1:36 into the game, as the Purple Knights forced turnovers on each of the Penmen's first four possessions. Purcell had a basket, an assist and a steal in that time, Ferreri and Ladas each added a hoop and an assist, and Breunig buried a three while picking up a steal.
  • The hosts extended their lead to 20-6 on redshirt sophomore Casey Evans' (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) lefty hook at 3:24 of the opening quarter.
  • Southern New Hampshire responded with a 26-2 run, forging ahead 32-22 on a Lorenzen lay-in with 2:39 left in the second period. Camara had five points and six assists, Lorenzen had seven points, and junior Molly Terry buried two threes in that stretch.
  • Saint Michael's trimmed the deficit to six points twice, including 34-28 on Purcell's two free throws at 38.9 seconds. The Penmen led 36-28 at halftime.
  • Southern New Hampshire extended its lead to 45-31 on Russell's three-point play at 4:50 of the third quarter, but the hosts made it a single-digit game on junior Cassandra Falone's (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) triple at 2:25 (47-38) before Purcell's scoop beat the buzzer to bring Saint Michael's within 52-46.
  • Ferreri and Anderson connected on treys in the first 1:46 of the fourth quarter to cap a 21-7 run and knot the game, 52-52.
  • Camara responded with a three of her own at 7:35, but Breunig's triple made it 57-55 with 6:26 left, accounting for the final lead change.
  • The teams played through four ties in the final 6:09, with Anderson's three with 34.1 seconds remaining giving the Purple Knights the lead for good. Anderson then snared a missed tying three by the Penmen and hit two free throws, beginning a stretch of her going 5-of-6 from the charity stripe over the final 25.9 ticks to ice the win. In all, Anderson scored the final eight points of the game.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Franklin Pierce University, 1:30 p.m.