COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball lost a 70-51 decision to No. 8 Adelphi University on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights opened a three-game homestand in falling to 8-11 overall and 3-11 in the league. The Panthers, whose national ranking is according to the USA TODAY poll, improved to 19-2 and 12-2. Adelphi qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament and also occupies the top spot in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.
Junior Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) put together her fourth 20-point outing of the year for Saint Michael's, notching exactly 20 while adding eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) recorded 12 points and eight boards, while junior Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) shot 3-of-5 from three-point range while totaling nine points and six rebounds. Senior Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) scored six points and hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds.
Saint Michael's outrebounded Adelphi, 40-31, while holding the Panthers more than 10 points below their league-leading scoring average (80.2). They had also been third in the NE-10 in rebounding (42.1) and rebounding margin (+4.2), while the Purple Knights entered the contest 13th in margin (-0.2) and boards (35.6).
Graduate student Anh-Dao Tran (Webster, Mass./Holy Name Central Catholic/New Haven) shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to lead Adelphi with 16 points and five assists, while sophomore Sierra Clark (Hughesville, Md./Archbishop Spalding/Saint Francis [N.Y.]) notched 14 points, eight boards and two blocks off the bench. Senior Jenna Halaby (Maspeth, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) totaled 13 points, and sophomore Calli Balfour (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) turned in nine points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Sophomore Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) buried a go-ahead three pointer 36 seconds into the game before Adelphi netted the next seven points, taking a 9-3 edge by 15:32 of the opening stanza. Burud scored five points during a 7-4 run, with Clark scoring all of the Panthers' points, and Saint Michael's trailed 13-10 at 13:38. Eight different players scored as Adelphi countered with a 19-4 run to grab a 32-14 advantage, but the hosts trimmed their deficit in the final six minutes. Consecutive Burud baskets made it a 14-point game, and Gaudreau buried two threes in the last 25 seconds to create a 36-24 margin at halftime, including hitting a running trey off of one foot just before the final buzzer sounded.
Sabine scored hoops at 16:14 and 15:35 of the second half to bring Saint Michael's within 10 each time, and the Purple Knights trailed 45-35 after Burud knocked down a pair of free throws at 15:09. The hosts continued to trail by no more than 14 points by the time Burud hit another two freebies at 11:20, making it 49-39, but 19 of the next 25 points were scored by the Panthers, with Clark netting six. The visitors led 70-45 with 2:43 left on Halaby's bucket before Saint Michael's ended the contest with the final six points.
Saint Michael's hosts regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Ravens were fifth in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.