BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell at Division I University of Vermont, 75-58, during an exhibition game on Saturday at Patrick Gymnasium.
Junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) had 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting to go along with four rebounds for the Purple Knights, and redshirt first-year Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) was 4-of-5 for nine points with three boards in 13 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) had seven points, four rebounds and three assists, junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) snagged eight caroms, and first-year Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) had three helpers. Senior Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) turned in six points and five rebounds.
Four Catamounts reached double figures, with sophomore Hanna Crymble notching 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Senior Sydney Smith shot 7-of-10 en route to 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks, while first-year Josie Larkins posted 14 points off the bench.
The Purple Knights led 14-12 after the opening quarter thanks to holding Vermont to 6-of-23 shooting, while the visitors shot 7-of-9 on free throws. Anderson's three-pointer with 4:55 to go put the visitors up 5-2, kicking off an 8-2 run that Ferreri capped on a breakaway lay-in and one at 3:53 after sophomore Cassandra Falone's (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) breakout pass. Ferreri scored in similar fashion at 1:39 after senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) saved the ball on the sideline before crashing into the scorer's table, making it 12-6, but six Catamount points in 44 seconds knotted the contest. Bennett converted a pair of free throws with 16.7 seconds to go, sending Saint Michael's into the first intermission up 14-12.
Vermont began the second quarter on a 12-1 run, matching its first-period scoring output by the time 2:37 had elapsed, while capping the stretch on three-pointers by junior Cassidy Derda and Smith 22 seconds apart. The Purple Knights countered with a 9-2 run, as four different players scored, with Evans producing a 26-24 deficit on her putback at 3:48. Larkins responded with a personal 7-3 stretch, around Evans' three near the end of the shot clock, and the Catamounts took a 35-28 advantage into halftime. Saint Michael's generated most of its offense from beyond the arc (3-for-5) and at the charity stripe (9-for-13) during the opening 20 minutes.
Crymble scored the first six points of the third quarter, putting Vermont up 41-28 by 8:03, and Evans scored two baskets around a Catamount three, first using a spin move to get in for a lay-up before hitting a jumper from the corner at 5:50 to make it 44-32. Spencer's three pulled Saint Michael's within 10, and Falone nailed another triple off Delaney's kick from the paint to keep it 51-41 with 2:08 left.
Crymble scored four of her team's points in a 6-0 run that concluded the third period and later extended to 16-4 by the time junior Candice Wright put home a lay-in at 6:22 of the final period. Crymble, Smith and Wright combined to score all 16 of those points. After Falone put home a scoop near the rim, sophomore Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) scored the next five points, hitting a three off of Falone's baseline kick before knocking down a long jumper from the corner, and the visitors trailed 67-52 with 4:50 left. However, Vermont scored eight of the next 10 points and never again led by fewer than 17 points.
Saint Michael's opens its regular season next Saturday at the University of Bridgeport at 4 p.m. during the UB Women's Basketball Classic.