COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team lost to Le Moyne College, 78-52, at the Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday. The Purple Knights fall to 3-9 overall and 2-6 in the league, while Le Moyne improves to 9-5 and 5-3.
Senior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) recorded a team-high 13 points, a career-high six steals and three assists for the hosts, while first-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) poured in 10 points and converted eight of 11 free-throw attempts. Junior Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) shot 3-of-4 from the field and 3-of-3 on freebies for nine points, and classmate Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) and sophomore Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) had seven points apiece. Senior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) pulled down seven rebounds to accompany her six points.
Junior Alex Marple (Covington, Pa./Wellsboro) paced Le Moyne with 22 points and six assists, while classmate Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) posted 21 points and nine rebounds, shooting 4-of-5 on three-pointers and 7-of-7 on free throws. No other Dolphin reached double figures. Graduate student Kayla Stroman (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Niagara) dished eight assists to complement her nine boards.
Le Moyne jumped to a 16-0 start before Deroy sank a jumper 4:55 into the game. The Purple Knights trimmed the early deficit to eight points twice, at 21-13 on a Long lay-up at 11:00 of the opening stanza and then 23-15 when Long hit a jumper at 9:43. The Dolphins responded with 20 of the period's final 22 points, taking a 43-17 advantage into halftime.
The Purple Knights stayed even with the visitors in the second half, matching the Dolphins with 35 points in the final 20 minutes. Evora and Gaudreau both scored in the opening 1:09 to bring Saint Michael's within 43-21, but the Purple and Gold came no closer. Deroy led Saint Michael's with 11 second-half points, and Evora made all six of her free-throw attempts, each coming in the final 1:05.
Saint Michael's caps a three-game homestand on Tuesday when it hosts the University of New Haven at 5:30 p.m. The squads met in non-conference play on Dec. 20 in West Haven, Conn., a 74-66 New Haven victory.
by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner