COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team suffered its eighth single-digit defeat of the season after losing 67-60 against American International College during Northeast-10 Conference play at the Ross Sports Center on Tuesday night. The Purple and Gold falls to 3-14 overall and 2-11 in the league, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 12-7 and 6-7.
Saint Michael's junior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) poured in a game-high 19 points with nine rebounds while shooting 8-of-10 on free throws, while classmate Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) contributed 10 points and six boards. Sophomore Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) sank eight points, and senior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) had seven points with three rebounds. Senior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) and first-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) both had six points and four boards.
Sophomore Briana Bishop (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) scored a team-high 16 points as one of five AIC shooters to score double-digit points. Junior Krista Ferrentino (East Longmeadow, Mass./Bryant) and sophomores Ebony Easter (San Antonio, Texas/Sandra Day O'Connor), Alyssa Roach (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) and Sydney Tepley (Racine, Wis./Saint Catherine's) each contributed 10 points. Ferrentino and Tepley also both had seven rebounds and two steals. The Yellow Jackets blocked 10 shots.
Sabine gave the Purple Knights an early 2-0 lead when she drove to the hoop just five seconds into play. The junior transfer ended the half with 11 points during an opening 20 minutes that saw eight lead changes. In that time, Saint Michael's led by as many as six points with 2:16 left in the half on a Sabine bucket. An AIC made free throw and lay-up trimmed the Saint Michael's lead to three points, but Evora's drive through the lane gave the hosts a five-point lead with 46 seconds left. However, Easter made a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 34-32.
With a two-point lead entering the second stanza, Saint Michael's reeled off seven unanswered points to lead 41-32 at 18:31. The Yellow Jackets countered with a 21-3 run, building their lead to a game-high nine points by 9:34. Saint Michael's continued chipping away at the deficit and was able to pull within five points on sophomore Megan Gaudreau's (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) mid-range jumper with 6:12 left. After yielding the next hoop, the Purple Knights came as close as six points on six separate occasions. Evora brought the Purple Knights within 65-59 with 57 seconds left, but Easter laid in a shot off a fast break for the Yellow Jackets' final basket.
The Purple Knights hit the road for their next three games, beginning on Saturday at nationally-ranked Adelphi University at 1:30 p.m. The Panthers are 25th in this week's USA TODAY national poll.
by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner