Women's basketball downed by Saint Anselm, 77-70, during NE-10 road affair

Women's basketball downed by Saint Anselm, 77-70, during NE-10 road affair

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell at Saint Anselm College, 77-70, on Tuesday in Northeast-10 Conference play at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium. The Purple Knights are 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the league, while the Hawks improved to 2-1 and 2-1. Saint Michael's led for the better part of play against a team that downed Stonehill College, which went to the last three NCAA Tournaments, on Saturday.

Saint Michael's senior Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) turned in her second straight double-double, and the 17th of her career, behind 22 points and 10 rebounds. She nabbed four offensive boards while shooting 6-of-8 on free throws, crossing the 900-point threshold (921) while moving into 15th in school history in career free throws (195), passing Becky Bouchard '85 (191) and Megan Olsen '13 (193).

Junior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) notched 14 points and two steals, while senior Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) totaled 11 points behind 3-of-6 three-point shooting. With 129 career treys, she passed Alexis Keller '10 (127) to take over sixth place in program annals. Sophomore Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) added nine points, and first-year Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) snagged eight boards, helping her squad hold a 43-36 advantage on the glass.

Junior Caitlyn Abela totaled 18 points for Saint Anselm as one of five Hawks in double figures, while sophomore Ali Glennon added 13. The duo combined to shoot 5-of-11 from three-point range, nearly accounting for their team's entire 6-for-12 showing. Junior Kaila Duarte scored 12 points while adding two steals.

Bennett scored the game's first four points, Delaney later added two buckets, and Saint Michael's led 12-2 on Burud's hoop with 4:27 left in the opening quarter. The Hawks scored the next six points, but Burud and Evora made baskets in the final 1:37 to give the visitors a 16-8 edge at the end of the stanza. Glennon scored the final four points in a 6-0 Hawk run over the opening 1:08 of the second period, and sophomore Clairee Putnam's jumper with 5:56 to go capped a 13-4 run that put Saint Anselm up 21-20 for the first of nine lead changes by halftime. The hosts held a 33-32 edge at intermission thanks to Duarte's lay-up with 10 seconds left.

Evora's tying and go-ahead freebies 26 ticks into the third quarter were followed by a pair of Gaudreau triples 31 seconds apart, and the Purple Knights forged ahead by a 40-33 count. The Hawks countered with a 9-1 run, as Abela buried two treys within 24 seconds to cap the push. That was the first of five lead swings in a matter of 2:31, with Putnam's lay-in at 3:11 giving her team the lead for good. Burud's jumper had Saint Michael's within 53-51 at 59 seconds, but Putnam provided another lay-in with four ticks to go, kicking off a 9-0 jaunt that spanned the break. Abela scored the final seven points in the first 1:07 of the fourth quarter, and the hosts led 62-51.

Saint Anselm maintained an advantage of at least eight points from that point until the final two minutes, as Burud's jumper at 1:42 produced a 71-65 margin, but Duarte tacked on a jumper 27 seconds later before Putnam hit four free throws around Burud's lay-in at 42 ticks. Evora's three-point play 12 seconds after created the final score.

On Sunday, the Purple Knights head to Caldwell (N.J.) University for a 1 p.m. game, concluding a season-opening six-game run during which four contests take place on the road. Saint Michael's follows that outing by playing four of its following five games in Ross Sports Center.