Women's basketball drops seventh single-digit affair, 71-66, Sabine goes for 31

Women's basketball drops seventh single-digit affair, 71-66, Sabine goes for 31

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell by single digits for the seventh time this season on Saturday, dropping a 71-66 decision to Pace University during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are now 3-13 overall and 2-10 in the league, while the Setters are 4-14 and 3-9.

Junior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) dropped in 31 points for Saint Michael's, coming within five of Kathy O'Neil's '81 school record, set on Dec. 6, 1980. Sabine shot 12-of-16 from the floor and 7-of-8 on free throws while adding 13 rebounds, including eight offensive, for her third double-double of the year. First-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) had 10 points and three steals, and senior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) chipped in seven points and six assists. The teams played through 13 ties and 10 lead changes.

First-year Shanice Allen (Riverhead, N.Y./Riverhead) had 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including a 4-of-5 showing from three-point range, for Pace, and junior Shanice Maynard (Camden, N.J./Woodrow Wilson) added 17 points and seven boards.

Sabine scored the Purple Knights' first four points, and the hosts led 9-4 at 15:37 of the opening half behind a 7-0 run. However, four different Setters scored during a 9-2 stretch that took 3:20 to elapse. Pace pushed its lead back to four points on four occasions before Evora went on a personal 5-0 run late to give Saint Michael's a 32-31 edge, hitting a three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining and making a pair of freebies at 13 seconds after picking off a pass and being fouled on a breakaway. However, Pace scored with seven seconds left to take a 33-32 advantage into halftime. The teams played through nine ties in the opening stanza.

In the second half, junior Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) posted four straight points to put Saint Michael's ahead by a 46-44 count with 12:41 remaining, but Pace countered with the next 11 points to go ahead for good. Down 60-52, the Purple Knights received six points from Sabine during a 10-2 run, pulling within 62-60 on senior Alexa Long's (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) bucket at 4:10. However, Allen countered with a triple 40 seconds later to spark a 5-0 run. Saint Michael's possessed while down three with less than a minute left, but Allen came up with a critical steal, and the Setters scored four of the final six points.

The Purple Knights close a short two-game homestand on Tuesday versus American International College on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. before hitting the road for three straight contests.