Women's Basketball Falls to Regionally-Ranked Merrimack, 67-64, in Season Finale

Women's Basketball Falls to Regionally-Ranked Merrimack, 67-64, in Season Finale

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell to regionally-ranked Merrimack College, 67-64, during Tuesday evening's Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Ross Sports Center. This was both teams' regular-season finale and capped the Purple Knights' season. The Warriors are ninth in the latest NCAA East Region rankings.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (11-15, 7-14 NE10), Merrimack (19-9, 12-9 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals
  • Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep), 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3-of-8 three-pointers
  • Junior Cassandra Falone (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), 9 points, 4-of-7 field goals in 14 minutes
  • Junior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4-of-8 field goals
  • Junior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 6 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Junior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), 6 points, 2-of-3 field goals
  • First-year Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), 6 points 

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Junior Denia Davis-Stewart, 19 points, 19 rebounds, 6 offensive rebounds, 3 blocks, 7-of-15 field goals, 5-of-6 free throws
  • First-year Kate Mager, 15 points, 5-of-8 three pointers
  • Sophomore Alyssa Casey, 10 points, 9 rebounds, 2-for-5 three-pointers
  • Senior Lindsay Werner, 8 points
  • Senior Karlee Alves, 7 points, 7 assists, 6 steals, 3-of-5 field goals
  • Sophomore Mayson Kimball, 7 points, 4 assists

GAME FACTS

  • Third of three consecutive regionally-ranked foes for the Purple Knights to end the regular season.
  • Saint Michael's is 9-8 since a 2-7 start.
  • Seven of the last eight games between the two teams have been decided by eight points or fewer.
  • The Purple Knights finished the year with a 9-2 record in games decided by 10 points or less.
  • With her five assists Ferreri ends her career with 269 assists, passing Liz Ringrose '87 (268) and Purcell, who tied Ringrose with two assists during the game, for 15th in program history. Purcell also moved into 12th in program history in single-season assists (127), passing Sue Cahill '90 (126).
  • Ferreri capped her career by becoming just the 26th Purple Knight to eclipse the 900-point plateau (913), while finishing 15th in program history in career assists, 17th in blocks (46), and 18th in steals (170).
  • Senior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) ended her career fifth in program history in blocks (118) and 14th in rebounding (604), while putting up 861 points. She missed all but five games this season due to injury.
  • With three three-pointers Anderson became just the eighth Purple Knight to hit 50 three-pointers in a single season, finishing the game with 52.
  • The Purple and Gold shot 14-of-33 (42.4%) in the first half, while holding the Warriors to just 8-of-27 (29.6%), before Merrimack shot 16-of-34 (47.1%) in the second half. Saint Michael's held a 32-20 advantage in points in the paint.

THE ACTION

  • Davis-Stewart tossed in a layup and drew a foul to tie the game at 6-6 at the 5:20 mark in the first quarter after hitting an and-one free throw before the Purple Knights went on an 11-3 run to go up 17-9 on a three-pointer by Ferreri at 2:32.
  • Saint Michael's extended their lead to 33-19 with 1:10 left in the half on a jumper by Falone, who along with Ferreri and Miller each netted four points in the frame.
  • The Purple Knights then opened the third quarter with 10 of the first 14 points, pushing their lead to a game-high 18 (43-25) after Purcell made a hesitation move and sped past a defender on the fast break for a layup with 6:18 remaining. Anderson tallied five of the Purple Knights' points during the stretch.
  • The Warriors then went on a 23-5 run, tying the game at 48 apiece when Alves stole the ball and laid it in on the resulting fast break with 9:15 remaining in the fourth.
  • Falone retook the lead for the Purple Knights on the ensuing possession with a three at 8:55, but Mager later hit a game-tying three-pointer with 7:06 remaining to kick off an 11-0 run for Merrimack, which Werner capped with a jumper at 3:50 to make it 61-53.
  • In total Merrimack outscored the Purple Knights 36-10 from 5:59 in the third until Werner's basket.
  • The Purple Knights netted 11 of the final 17 points, including threes by Anderson at 2:57 and 1:22, and cut the deficit to three on two occasions as Ferreri converted on a three-point play with 8.9 seconds remaining and on a layup with 2.3 seconds left.
  • In the final seconds Merrimack inbounded the ball and maintained possession as Saint Michael's was unable to foul or steal the ball.