GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell at regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 68-52, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play in the Center for Recreation and Sport. The Purple Knights are 5-8 overall and 2-7 in the league, while the Panthers improved to 11-5 and 4-4. The hosts, who won last year's NE-10 Championship and qualified for the past two NCAA Tournaments, were eighth in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.
Senior Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) scored 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting to pace the visitors, adding nine rebounds, five offensive boards and two assists, in the process moving into a tie with Nicole Adach '13 for 15th in school history with 1,045 career points. Burud passed Jevy Rayner '07 (1,032), Kim Corey '84 (1,039) and Margaret Lynch '85 (1,039) during the contest.
Sophomore Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) added 11 points and seven boards, shooting 3-of-3 from three-point range, while senior Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) notched eight points and three assists off the bench. First-year Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) hauled in seven rebounds, and junior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) handed off two assists.
Junior Sierra Clark led the Panthers with 36 points on 17-of-21 shooting with three steals in 22 minutes off the bench, and graduate student Ashley Gomez totaled 10 points. Senior Samantha Brenner netted eight points with 12 boards, and classmate Tara Flynn collected eight points and five assists.
Adelphi scored the game's first 11 points by the time 6:14 remained in the first quarter, with Brenner netting the opening six, and Clark's second hoop in less than a minute had the hosts ahead 13-1 by 5:28. Saint Michael's put together a quick 10-2 counter in a matter of 2:16. Burud scored four points, while Spencer's three-pointer off a dish from Evora - who also hit three freebies in the run - made it 15-11.
After the Panthers led 17-11 at the end of one, the Purple Knights chipped within three on Spencer's second triple 19 seconds into the second quarter, but the Panthers answered with the next eight points, including five by Flynn. However, Burud had six points during a 10-2 response, and Saint Michael's trailed 27-24 12 seconds into the second half on Delaney's two free throws. The visitors yielded only two points during an 8:41 stretch in that rally.
Thirteen of the game's next 17 points came from Clark and Gomez, with Clark netting eight, and the hosts led 40-28 with 3:38 left in the third. Gaudreau hit a pair of free throws before Burud dropped in a putback at 2:36 to create an eight-point deficit, but Clark turned in the next six points - kicking off a personal 10-5 run - and the visitors never again trailed by single digits.
The Purple Knights return home to take on Pace University on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.