COLCHESTER, Vt. - Junior Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) scored seven of her career-high 30 points in overtime, including burying the go-ahead three-pointer, and the Saint Michael's College women's basketball team downed Caldwell (N.J.) University, 89-81, on Sunday in the Ross Sports Center. At 4-2, the Purple Knights have already matched their win total from last season, while the Cougars fell to 3-4. Saint Michael's received votes toward last week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll and began a season 4-0 at home for the first time since 2005-06.
In the teams' first meeting, Burud shot 11-of-17 from the field and 6-for-8 on free throws en route to her 30 points while also notching a career-high 14 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. She added two steals. Senior Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) turned in career highs of 18 points and nine rebounds, shooting 9-of-14, while first-year Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) exceeded her prior season total with 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting in a season-high 21 minutes off the bench. Saint Michael's had its highest point total in Ross Sports Center since Feb. 13, 2004.
Sophomore Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) totaled 10 points and six boards while matching career highs with five steals and three blocks, while senior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) notched 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in just 15 minutes to surpass the 950-point plateau for her career. Junior Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) dished off a career-high seven assists, and first-year Tomi Akinpetide (Sydney, Australia/Rice Memorial) had a season-best four helpers.
Senior Emily Caswell (Wakefield, R.I./Prout School) scored 29 points, including the 1,000th of her career, while pulling down 11 rebounds for Caldwell, and first-year Karlie O'Driscoll (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) had 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting off the bench. No other Cougar was in double figures.
Gaudreau knocked down a three-pointer 25 seconds into overtime to give Saint Michael's the lead before Caldwell countered with four straight free throws, but those proved to be the visitors' only points during the extra session, as the Cougars shot 0-for-8 from the field. With her team down 81-80 and the clock closing in on three minutes remaining, Burud twice grabbed offensive rebounds before completing the possession by hitting the go-ahead triple at 2:40. Just 32 seconds later, Burud buried another three-pointer to make it 86-81. Caldwell never again trailed by fewer than two possessions.
During the latter stages of regulation, Saint Michael's led 73-67 after Frappier's jumper with a little more than five minutes remained before Caldwell scored the next seven points, with O'Driscoll making a go-ahead lay-up at 3:23. A tying freebie by Evora at 2:43 was followed with a tie-breaking basket by Frappier 29 seconds later, but O'Driscoll converted a three-point play at 56 seconds that gave the Cougars a 77-76 edge. In the waning seconds, Bennett hit the tying free throw at 6.7 ticks, and a Cougar's baseline jumper at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
After Caswell knocked down a three-pointer 2:37 into the game to give Caldwell a 7-6 edge, the Purple Knights responded during an ensuing 1:24 span with the next eight points, four of which were scored by Sabine. The Cougars drew within 16-11, but Evora scored five points and dished off on first-year Leah Spencer's (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) three during a 10-2 run that gave Saint Michael's the first of two 13-point cushions, 26-13, at 11:40. Another Burud bucket made it 32-19 with 7:26 remaining before Caswell dropped in three straight baskets in a 39-second span. Burud later put home consecutive hoops 25 seconds apart to put the Purple Knights back ahead by nine, at 38-29 by the 3:46 mark, but Caldwell scored the next seven points, with Caswell hitting a jumper at 1:14 to edge the visitors within 38-36. The teams traded two points apiece in the final minute, and the Purple Knights led 40-38 at halftime.
The hosts scored 11 of the first 13 points during the second stanza, with Burud scoring five straight at one point before Frappier's jumper made it 51-40 at 15:19. Caswell and O'Driscoll both contributed a hoop during a 6-0 Caldwell run that cut the deficit to 53-49, but the Purple Knights twice pushed their advantage back to 11 and still led by six on Frappier's jumper with 5:11 remaining in regulation.
The Purple Knights continue a four-game homestand by returning to Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday when they host Saint Anselm College at 5:30 p.m.