RINDGE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell at Franklin Pierce University, 65-53, on Tuesday in the FPU Fieldhouse. The Purple Knights are 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Ravens improved to 2-3 and 1-2.
Junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) turned in her third double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the visitors, also contributing two assists and two blocks. She now has 101 career rejections, becoming the seventh Purple Knight to reach the century mark. Sophomore Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) turned in eight points and six boards, senior Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) had eight points, and junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) handed out three assists with two steals. Redshirt first-year Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) hauled in six rebounds.
Senior Jemma Thacker led Franklin Pierce with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists, shooting 4-of-9 from three-point range. Classmate Kelsey Mayo added 11 points.
Senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) canned a triple at 8:10 of the opening quarter to give Saint Michael's a 5-2 edge before the Ravens countered with a 28-5 run that stretch into the second period. The Purple Knights trailed by as many as 24 points, at 43-19 with 8:27 to go in the third stanza, before trimming their deficit almost in half on the strength of a 15-4 run. Seven different players scored in that time, with sophomore Brianna Purcell's (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) three-point play making it 47-34 with 1:57.
Thacker drained a buzzer-beating three at the end of the third quarter during an 8-0 response that pushed the Ravens' lead back to 21. Saint Michael's ended the game on a 9-2 run, with Miller scoring the first six before sophomore Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) came up with a steal and a lay-in for her first collegiate bucket.
The Purple Knights head to American International College on Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. non-conference contest against their NE10 counterpart.