Women's basketball falls in exhibition to Division I Vermont, 71-55

Women's basketball falls in exhibition to Division I Vermont, 71-55

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell at Division I University of Vermont, 71-55, during their sixth annual exhibition game on Saturday at Patrick Gymnasium.

Junior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) was the lone Purple Knight with more than six points, netting 23 on 10-of-16 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Sophomore Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) hauled in nine rebounds, while senior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) and first-year Cassandra Falone (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added six points apiece, with Falone shooting 2-for-3 from three-point range. First-year Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) accumulated three of her four boards on the offensive end, and classmate Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) had two assists and two steals.

First-year Hanna Crymble paced Vermont with 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting in addition to recording 11 rebounds and two blocks, and sophomore Hayley Robertson turned in 10 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals. Junior Sydney Smith had 10 points and three blocks, and sophomore Courtney Wright snagged 10 caroms.

After Spencer's opening hoop 35 seconds into the contest, the Catamounts scored the next seven points, all by Robertson and Smith, by the time 8:27 remained in the first quarter. Purcell's jumper drew the visitors within 9-7 at 5:10, and Saint Michael's twice edged within one, on Falone's triple with 2:23 left and when Delaney placed home a putback at 1:10 to make it 13-12. The next eight points came from Vermont players, and Wright finished off a 10-2 run with a second effort of her own with 7:04 to go in the second stanza. Spencer's personal 7-2 run produced a 25-21 margin, and Saint Michael's made it a three-point contest three times before the next intermission, and trailed 37-32 at halftime.

The Purple Knights continued to trail by single digits, being down just 46-41 on Evora's trey at 5:04 of the third stanza, but Vermont pulled away with a 19-5 run that took 8:09 to elapse. Saint Michael's never came closer than 15 points down the stretch.

The Purple Knights open their season next weekend at the Rollins (Fla.) College Tip-Off Classic, beginning by facing the hosts on Friday at 2 p.m.