COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team faced its third nationally-ranked opponent this season on Saturday en route to suffering a 63-25 loss against No. 16 Adelphi University in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights, who had won six of their last seven home games, are 7-7 overall and 5-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Panthers, winners of nine straight, improved to 13-2 and 8-0. Adelphi, which leads the NE10 Southwest Division, is ranked in the D2SIDA National Media Poll while tying for first regionally.
Sophomore Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) recorded nine points, five rebounds and one block for Saint Michael's, junior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) had five points, three boards and two steals, and classmate Tomi Akinpetide (Sydney, Australia/Rice Memorial) turned in four points and four rebounds. Sophomore Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) hauled in five rebounds, senior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) collected two steals, and first-year Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) blocked a pair of shots.
Junior Simone Hobdy notched 16 points and 10 rebounds for Adelphi, and senior Calli Balfour totaled nine points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Classmate Sierra Clark added 13 points and six rebounds.
The Purple Knights hung with the Panthers throughout the first quarter, with Clark's opening jumper at 8:36 being met by a pair of Spencer free throws, and Hobdy canned a pair at 6:26 before Delaney's jumper 1:04 later forced a 4-4 tie. Clark's bucket just 23 seconds after that put Adelphi in front for good before Akinpetide later made a jumper of her own to draw Saint Michael's within 10-6 at 1:09. However, the Panthers were amid a 37-4 run at that point that included a 22-2 second-period advantage, with first-year Taylor Miller's (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) put-back with 59 seconds to go accounting for the lone points by the hosts in the second stanza.
Delaney keyed an 8-2 run with seven points to draw Saint Michael's within 25 in the final minute of the third period, as the Purple Knights held a 12-11 scoring edge in the quarter, but the visitors continued to pull away in the fourth, eventually capping the game with a 10-1 run.
The Purple Knights visit Pace University on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. for their only contest between now and Jan. 18.