Women's basketball trims large deficit in eventual setback to New Haven

Women's basketball trims large deficit in eventual setback to New Haven

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team lost to the University of New Haven, 71-53, at the Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference action on Tuesday. The Purple Knights drop to 3-10 overall and 2-7 in the league, while New Haven moves to 11-4 and 6-3.

Junior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) paced the Purple and Gold with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, netting her highest point total since transferring in prior to the season. Classmate Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) poured in 10 points with five offensive rebounds and four assists off the bench, first-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) notched seven points and a season-high five steals, and junior Kaitlin Geary (Milton, Vt./Milton) sank seven points. Senior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) added seven boards and three steals, and classmate Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) chipped in four points to accompany her six rebounds. Sophomore Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) handed out three assists.

Junior Aquillin Hayes (Harlem, N.Y./Wings Academy) scored a game-high 27 points on 13-of-18 shooting with seven rebounds and three assists to lead New Haven, while sophomore Briana Bradford (Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross) contributed 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Junior Ashley LeBlanc (Methuen, Mass./Methuen) pulled in a game-high 10 rebounds with eight points, and classmate Rykema Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Wings Academy) had nine rebounds while blocking five shots.

Sabine scored the first six Saint Michael's points and Deroy gave the Purple Knights an early 9-8 lead after sinking a three-pointer of 17:27 of the opening half. The Chargers scored the next six points before Geary hit a tying triple at 14:16, and the Purple and Gold kept pace with New Haven until midway through the half, later pulling within one point at 24-23 after Deroy sank a jumper at 9:25. The Chargers reeled off 21 unanswered points to take a 45-23 lead into the intermission. Hayes contributed seven of her 17 first-half points during New Haven's scoring run. Sabine ended the stanza with nine points.

New Haven twice held 30-point leads in the second half, but Saint Michael's trimmed the deficit to as few as 14 points. The Chargers led 64-44 with 6:44 left, but the Purple Knights tallied six straight points aided by two Sabine jump shots. New Haven's lead remained too large, as the Chargers held on to win despite being outscored 30-26 in the second half.  

The Purple Knights hit the road for five of their next seven games, beginning on Saturday at Southern Connecticut State University at 1:30 p.m.

by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner