COLCHESTER, Vt. - Senior Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) became the 19th player in Saint Michael's College women's basketball history to score her 1,000th career point, and the Purple Knights downed Daemen (N.Y.) College, 75-58, on Wednesday at the Ross Sports Center. The hosts improved to 4-6, while the Wildcats are 2-7 after the teams' second all-time meeting, and first since Nov. 30, 1997.
In her team's first game since Dec. 12, Burud put forth 22 points, 12 rebounds, four offensive boards and two steals off the bench in her 84th career game, shooting 5-of-6 on free throws and reaching the 1,000-point plateau on a putback at 7:20 of the fourth quarter. Burud, who became the first Purple Knight to reach the milestone since Nicole Adach '13 on Feb. 16, 2013, also eclipsed 600 rebounds in the contest, as the 5-foot-8 guard now has 1,002 points and 601 boards for her career as one of eight Purple Knights in the 1,000-point/600-rebound club. Burud turned in her seventh career 20-point contest.
First-year Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) shot 6-of-9 on her way to a career-high 14 points while also adding five boards, and junior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) went 5-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range, en route to 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) had eight points, six boards and six assists, and senior Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) dished out four assists. Sophomore Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) snared seven rebounds, as Saint Michael's held a 45-39 edge on the glass while outscoring Daemen 40-24 in the paint and 31-2 from the bench. The hosts held the visitors to a 7-of-34 three-point showing.
Four Wildcats reached double figures, with junior Natalie Galus totaling 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the way. Senior Raeann Stilwell and junior Leah McDonell both had 13 points, and sophomore Sarah Saba turned in 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Two straight buckets by Delaney sparked a tie-breaking 6-0 run, and Saint Michael's led 11-5 at 6:38 of the first quarter on Evora's lay-in, but McDonell had the first five points of a 7-0 response, and Daemen garnered its final lead on Saba's capping basket at 5:19. Sophomore Tomi Akinpetide's (Sydney, Australia/Rice Memorial) corner jumper snapped a tie and put the Purple Knights in front to stay at 2:45, and Burud knocked down three free throws during a 7-0 run that pushed the lead to 26-17 by 7:34 of the second.
Five straight points from McDonell were followed by the Wildcats edging within two points on three occasions before halftime, but Spencer canned a pair of freebies at 22 seconds to make it 38-32 by intermission. Saba's two free throws again trimmed the deficit to two, at 38-36 with 8:21 left in the third, but Saint Michael's used an 18-5 run to lead 56-41 by the end of the period. Six Purple Knights scored in that time, with Evora knocking down a pair of triples.
Stilwell hit two threes in a matter of 1:04 to draw the visitors within 58-47 early in the final stanza, but Burud capped a quick 8-2 spurt with her third bucket in a 1:36 stretch - a putback following the offensive rebound of her own miss - at 7:20 for her 1,000th career point, and the hosts led 64-47. Daemen came no closer down the stretch than 14 points.
The Purple Knights conclude a three-game homestand on Saturday by taking on Southern New Hampshire University at 1:30 p.m. The Penmen are receiving votes toward the latest D2SIDA National Media Poll while sitting third in the most recent regional rankings.