WORCESTER, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell at regionally-ranked Assumption College, 82-60, during Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday in Laska Gymnasium. The Purple Knights, who received votes toward this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, are 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the league. The Greyhounds, who have qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments and are ranked third in the region, improved to 5-0 and 3-0.
Senior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) and junior Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) both posted a team-best 14 points for Saint Michael's, with Sabine snagging seven rebounds and Burud totaling five boards, four assists and two steals. First-year Tomi Akinpetide (Sydney, Australia/Rice Memorial) had eight points in 14 minutes off the bench, senior Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) totaled seven rebounds, and first-year Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) had three helpers and two steals.
Junior Kelly Conley (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) led five Greyhounds in double figures by posting 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while classmate Ann Marie Idusuyi (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) shot 6-of-8 for 12 points. In reserve capacities, sophomore Jo Impellizeri (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) and first-year Teneya McLaughlin (Milford, Conn./Joseph A. Foran) posted 11 points and sophomore Jaclyn Storey (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) added 10. Classmate Allison Stoddard (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) handed out seven assists.
Assumption scored the first six points of the game before Burud dropped in a hoop at 17:51 of the opening period, but the Greyhounds added 10 of the next 12 points, with Burud providing the only Saint Michael's scoring during that time. The hosts led 16-4 by 15:09 before Sabine twice made buckets to bring her team within eight, including 19-11 at 11:58. Idusuyi scored four points in an ensuing 7-0 run for Assumption, and Burud twice converted hoops to bring her team within a dozen, but the Greyhounds used a 20-5 run that bridged halftime to build a 49-22 lead 50 seconds into the second stanza. Saint Michael's never came closer than 18 points in the second half.
The Purple Knights break from conference action by hosting Caldwell (N.J.) University on Sunday at 1 p.m.