COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team finished off its second game in as many days with a 69-56 loss to Daemen (N.Y.) College on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center. The Purple Knights are 5-7, while the Wildcats improved to 4-9 as the teams met for the third consecutive Dec. 30.
Senior Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) led Saint Michael's with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) notched her second double-double in a row, totaling 13 points and 11 rebounds, including six offensive, to go along with three assists and three steals. Sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) posted 10 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals, while junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) had 10 points and six boards.
Senior Sarah Saba scored 22 points while adding 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Wildcats. Sophomore Carina Pringle ended with 16 points, four steals and three assists, and redshirt first-year Tiara Filbert had 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior Erin Egan added nine points off the bench.
The Purple Knights scored the first six points of the game and still led 12-7 on first-year Nicole Anderson's (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) three-pointer at 6:06 of the first quarter before Daemen countered with a 12-1 run to grab a six-point edge. Saint Michael's trailed by no more than six points the remainder of the half but never drew even, coming as close as 31-30 on Ferreri's steal and breakaway lay-in with 2:06 to go. The hosts had a chance to jump in front before the end of the period, but a missed go-ahead basket was met by four straight Wildcat points. The hosts trailed 35-32 at the half.
Daemen built upon its narrow lead with a 12-2 run that stretched into the third period, taking a 43-32 edge on Pringle's two free throws at 6:51. Pringle's three-pointer pushed the advantage to 55-42 at 1:45, but Ferreri scored the next five points in a matter of 17 seconds to kick off a 10-1 run that stretched into the final quarter. Delaney's lay-in made it 56-52 with 7:15 remaining, but the hosts got no closer, as Daemen scored the next seven points. Purcell's two freebies created a 63-56 contest at 2:48, but the Purple Knights missed their next three shots while looking to make it a two-possession game, and the visitors scored the final six points from the charity stripe.
Saint Michael's visits The College of Saint Rose on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in a return to Northeast-10 Conference play.