Purple Knights grab first NE-10 win by topping NCAA qualifier Pace, 60-44

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team notched its first Northeast-10 Conference victory with a 60-44 win over a Pace University team that has reached each of the last three NCAA Tournaments on Wednesday night at the Goldstein Fitness Center. With the win, the Purple Knights improve to 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the league, while the Setters drop to 7-5 and 5-3.

Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) netted 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and added three assists and a pair of steals for Saint Michael's. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and classmate Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) added nine points off the bench on 3-of-5 three-point shooting. Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) finished with eight points and six boards, while junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) tallied seven points and three assists. Senior Kayla Carnell (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) contributed six points, while junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) controlled eight rebounds.

Graduate student Brittany Shields (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) notched 17 points and nine boards for Pace, while sophomore Brianna Harris (Brentwood, N.Y./Mary Louis Academy) finished with seven points, six rebounds and three steals. Graduate student Jessica Scannell (Cork, Ireland/Saint Vincent's) tallied six points, four boards and three assists, and senior Allison Cleary (New Windsor, N.Y./Cornwall Central) controlled seven rebounds.

The Purple Knights grabbed a 10-2 lead in the game's opening 4:48, receiving buckets from four different scorers. The Setters scored 13 of the next 22 points to pull to within a 19-15 deficit with 7:05 remaining before Saint Michael's went on a half-ending 12-4 run to increase its advantage to 31-19. Gaudreau buried a pair of three-pointers in the final 1:14.

Six different players scored for the Purple Knights in the opening 5:50 of the second half, as they increased their advantage to 45-31. Saint Michael's didn't let its lead slip to fewer than eight until Pace capped a 7-0 run to trail 45-38 with 10:57 remaining in regulation. The visitors answered with a 15-4 run during an 8:29 span to secure a 60-42 lead with 2:04 left to play. The Purple Knight defense held the Setters to just eight points in the half's final 12:34 and allowed only a pair of free throws in the last 4:37.

Saint Michael's returns home after a four-game road swing when it plays host to Adelphi University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.