COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team opened a two-game homestand with a 69-57 loss to the University of New Haven on Tuesday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are 7-11 overall and 3-10 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Chargers improved to 10-9 and 6-7.
First-year Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) netted a career-high 18 points for the hosts, shooting 8-of-13 while adding five rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) had 10 points, six boards and two helpers. Seniors Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) and Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) both scored eight points, with Burud totaling 11 boards, five offensive rebounds and two assists, and Gaudreau collecting five boards and five assists. Gaudreau, who pushed past the 200-assist plateau for her career in the contest, improved her three-pointer total to 163, taking sole possession of fourth place in school annals.
Senior Briana Bradford had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists for New Haven, and classmate Lauren Hebert posted 15 points. Junior India Dotson had 11 points and 10 rebounds, first-year Allieyah Cubbage notched 11 points, and classmate Alexandria Kerr collected 10 points and 10 boards.
Delaney scored her team's first four points, as the Purple Knights trailed by no more than three points until Bradford finished off a personal 6-2 run to put New Haven up 11-6. Burud, sophomore Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) and first-year Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) responded with hoops during a 6-0 response to give Saint Michael's a 12-11 edge by the time 3:12 remained in the first quarter. The Chargers pushed back in front on the strength of an 8-0 jaunt, as Bradford and Hebert split the scoring duties.
Delaney's jumper with 15 seconds to go created a five-point deficit heading into the second quarter, but the visitors began pulling away behind a 12-2 run, when Cubbage and Dotson both had five points. New Haven nabbed its largest advantage of the half at 40-25 on first-year Katia Oge's lay-in with 1:16 left before Spencer buried a triple 12 seconds later for the final scoring of the half. The Chargers shot 50.0 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Junior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) scored consecutive hoops to cap a 6-0 run that brought Saint Michael's within 44-34 at 5:56 of the third quarter, but Cubbage netted five points in a row during her team's 8-0 counter. Back-to-back buckets by Delaney again created a 10-point hole with 7:40 left in regulation, at 56-46, but Kerr and Dotson dropped in the next two hoops, and the hosts never again trailed by fewer than 12 points.
Saint Michael's hosts regionally-ranked American International College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Yellow Jackets are fifth in this week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.