Purple Knights ride big game-ending run to 64-57 win at Queens, snap losing streak

FLUSHING, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went on a game-ending 13-4 run on Saturday to rally past Queens College, 64-57, in Fitzgerald Gym. The Purple Knights, who snapped a seven-game losing streak while beginning a two-game trip to the New York City area, improved to 2-7, while the Knights slipped to 3-5.

Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) recorded her fifth 20-point effort of the year for Saint Michael's, finishing with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting in addition to corralling 10 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Classmate Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) added 13 points and four boards, and junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) notched 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) tacked on seven points and three steals, and classmate Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) added seven points and four assists.

First-year Kristen Korzevinski (New Hyde Park, N.Y./New Hyde Park) hit four three-pointers while scoring 16 points to lead Queens, and senior Bria Jackson (Rochester, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta/Maryland-Eastern Shore) turned in 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Senior Lisanne Comeau (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Basil-the-Great/Charleston) notched 11 points, and junior Catherine Pastor (Hewlett, N.Y./Hewlett) collected 11 rebounds.

Burud's jumper 37 seconds into the second half capped an 8-0 run to create a 32-29 Purple Knight edge, and Saint Michael's still led by three before the Knights tallied eight straight points to grab a 40-35 advantage. Down 47-43 with fewer than eight minutes to go, the visitors scored the next six points, with Olsen's go-ahead lay-up at 6:33 providing the first of five lead changes - the seventh through 11th exchanges of the game - during a 3:27 span. After Pastor hit a freebie at 3:30 to make it 54-53 in Queens' favor, Long dropped in a lay-up at 3:06 to give the Purple Knights the final lead. Saint Michael's went 7-of-8 on free throws from that point, holding the hosts to 0-of-6 shooting in the meantime.

The teams exchanged the lead five times in the opening 20 minutes, with neither leading by more than four points until fewer than three minutes remained. Gaudreau buried a three-pointer at 9:06 to give the Purple Knights their largest lead of the stanza, 17-13, before the visitors saw a three-point advantage turn into a 29-24 deficit after Queens went on an 11-3 run. Jackson's pair of free throws at 2:53 produced the five-point cushion, the greatest for either team in the period. Adach countered with consecutive hoops, and Olsen's bucket with 39 seconds to go gave Saint Michael's a 30-29 edge at half.

The Purple Knights are back in action at Dominican College tomorrow at 1 p.m.