SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team opened its season with a 63-53 loss to nationally-regarded Shippensburg (Pa.) University on Friday afternoon during the Wolf's Bus Lines Classic in Heiges Field House. The contest was also the opener for the Raiders, with the teams meeting for the first time since 2011. Shippensburg received votes toward this week's D2SIDA National Media Poll while sitting eighth in the D2SIDA Atlantic Region Media Poll.
Senior Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) had 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals for Saint Michael's, becoming the 21st Purple Knight with 500 career rebounds (503). Junior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) notched eight points, five steals and two blocks, while sophomore Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) added eight points on 4-of-8 shooting.
Senior Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) notched seven points, five rebounds and three assists, sophomore Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) totaled seven points, while first-year Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) posted six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in her college debut. Classmate Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) tacked on five points and two steals.
Junior Morgan Griffith notched 14 points and 18 rebounds for Shippensburg, senior Stephanie Knauer had 16 points and eight rebounds, while junior Colleen Young turned in 11 points and eight caroms. Classmate Logan Snyder added 10 points and six helpers, while Junior Lauren Gold totaled eight points and five assists, as the Raider starters accounted for all but four of their team's points and all but one assist.
Shippensburg used a 10-1 run to nab a seven-point advantage on Young's three-pointer with 5:53 to go in the first quarter, but Saint Michael's edged within three by the end of the period before a 10-2 run early in the second period put the visitors on top 22-19. Evora was the fourth player to score in that time, with her triple snapping a tie. Ferreri's lay-up with 1:53 remaining in the half gave the Purple Knights a 31-25 advantage, their largest of the game, before Knauer hit a free throw to bring Shippensburg within 31-28 by halftime.
After Knauer netted the first three points of the second half to knot the contest, Bennett responded with a lay-in at 9:07 of the third quarter. The Raiders countered with a 28-8 stretch, slowly building their lead to 59-41 while the run spanned the third intermission and lasted for 12:35. After scoring eight points in 13:54, Saint Michael's netted 10 points in the ensuing 2:00, drawing within 59-51 with 3:12 remaining after Spencer knocked down her second straight jumper. The visitors put together a defensive stand to get the ball back, but a Purple Knight miss with 2:30 to go was met by four straight Shippensburg points.
The Purple Knights oppose Lock Haven (Pa.) University tomorrow during the final day of the Wolf's Bus Lines Classic at 1 p.m. The teams last met on Nov. 19, 1994.