COLCHESTER, Vt. - The resurgent Saint Michael's College women's basketball team won for the third time in five games on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center, picking up a 64-43 victory over an offensively prolific Adelphi University team that entered the day tied for third in the Northeast-10 Conference standings. The Purple Knights are now 4-9 overall and 2-7 in the league, while Adelphi fell to 9-4 and 6-3 behind a season-low point total.
Saint Michael's clamped down on a Panther team that entered the game first in the league in shooting, at 45.0 percent, and was second in scoring average (75.5). Adelphi shot only 36.5 percent, as the Purple Knights moved to 10-3 all time against the Panthers, yielding fewer than 64 points for the 11th time in the series history.
Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) posted a career-high 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with five steals for the Purple Knights, while classmate Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) put together her sixth 20-point game of the season, finishing with 22 and seven rebounds. Adach went 8-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-7 on free throws. Junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) notched a game- and career-high eight rebounds. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) added seven boards.
Junior Jessica Kitrys (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville War Memorial) accounted for 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting and six rebounds for Adelphi. The Purple Knights limited junior Sade Jackson (Hackensack, N.J./Aquinas), the national leader in assists (9.9) and triple-doubles (3), to nine points, two assists and two rebounds.
The Purple Knights shot 45.2 percent in the opening half, holding the Panthers to a 23.1-percent showing. After Kitrys dropped in a lay-up to give the Panthers a 4-2 edge at 18:15 of the period, Saint Michael's scored the next 14 points in a matter of 4:01, with Olsen scoring the final seven. The hosts held Adelphi to 0-of-5 with four turnovers between Kitrys' hoop and her team's next basket, by Kitrys at 12:59. Saint Michael's slowly built its lead to 19 by the end of the half, when Adach converted a three-point play at 42.8 seconds to make it 33-14.
In the final stanza, Adelphi never got closer than 16 points, at 59-43 with 3:12 remaining, with the hosts extending their lead to as many as 25 on a pair of Adach free throws with 18:17 to go in the contest.
The Purple Knights remain home on Tuesday to face Southern Connecticut State University at 5:30 p.m. The Owls advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.